$400,000 Baranof Ice Rink Repairs OK'd by Council
Friday, 28 September 2012
On August 1st a vandal set fire to the Baranof Park ice rink, damaging a significant portion of the structure and rendering it unusable. While the arsonist has yet to be caught, the Kodiak City Council took the first step in rehabilitating the rink during its regular meeting last night. City Manager Aimée Kniaziowski urged the council to approve a resolution awarding a construction contract to begin making necessary repairs.
-- (Ice Rink Cost 1 :47 “This resolution does
two things as the resolution title that you just read identifies. It
appropriates the funding for the ice rink fire repairs and it authorizes
the manager to award a contract to Jay Brant as the general contractor
to coordinate and oversee these repairs that are necessary in the amount
of $400,000. Now $25,000 of that total $400,000 will be appropriated
from the city’s insurance fund. From the fund balance of that fund.
That’s our deductible. And the remaining $385,000 is actually passed
through, that’s money we will receive through our insurance company and
be able to pay out to the contractor.”)
Davidson said he is still at a loss with this act of vandalism and
encouraged community members to stay active in the hunt for the
-- (Ice Rink Cost 2 :34 “I just want
to reiterate the disappointment of course the whole community feels
toward this, its going to cost a considerable sum of money and to
encourage the citizens to remain vigilant in our parks so that if this
were possibly going to happen again we would catch those culprits that
are guilty of that. I don’t know how successful we have been so far, but
we have a really wonderful facility and when this kind of thing happens
this last month or so you see all the kids that could have been playing
underneath that covered arena but now we had to have them out playing
in the rain.”)
The council passed the resolution and
construction is expected to begin soon, so as not to interfere with the
coming hockey season.
In other business, the council approved
its share of the joint resolution with the Kodiak Island Borough
Assembly to support an overall approach to fishery issues and trawl
management to be presented at the North Pacific Fishery Management
Council meeting in October. During a joint work session in early
September the city council and borough assembly agreed to have both
mayors present the joint resolutions. The borough assembly approved its
resolutions during last week’s regular meeting.
Toward the end
of last night’s meeting, Kniaziowski shared what she felt was exciting
news about an upcoming project in Kodiak.
-- (Ice Rink Cost
3 : 37 “The big news is that the Army Corps of Engineers
awarded dredging contracts on September 19 for over $3 million to dredge
the entrances to both Saint Paul and Saint Herman harbors. And those of
you who have been following this or advocating this has been on the
books since at least 2003. It was really wonderful to get the word that
they were going to award it, that construction would begin in the spring
and I would like to officially mention that Brad Gillman was absolutely
essential in working this through.”)
She said this has been a
long time coming and she is very pleased that it has finally happened.
The next city council regular meeting will be October 11.