The city of
Kodiak has finally awarded the contract to build the new police station, and
some work could begin as early as February. The city council, by a 6-to-nothing
vote last night, approved a 15-point-3-million dollar construction contract
with Roger Hickel Contracting of Anchorage. It also awarded at
1-point-3-million dollar contract to the engineering firm of USKH , which
designed the building, to oversee the construction.
Chief T-C Kamai (k'my) was all smiles after the council's decision.
-- (New Jail 1 14 sec "I
am pretty happy ... to finally be here.")
He said he
is also happy with the design and the location of the new station, which will
be on Mill Bay Road, across from Cost Savers:
-- (New Jail 2 30 sec "Very
pleased with the ... to everything in the community.")
one major sticking point, however, and that's the jail portion of the building.
The new police station will have room for one, but it will not be finished,
because the city council feels the state of Alaska should be picking up a
larger share of the construction costs. The state allocated just 1-million
dollars for a new Kodiak jail.
he hopes the state legislature sees its way clear to fully fund the jail during
the legislative session that begins on Tuesday.
-- (New Jail 3 31 sec "Well,
it's fairly significant ... of the project complete.")
jail, which is on Mill Bay Road near the center of downtown, was a storage building,
built over 50 years ago. Kamai wouldn't say if he'd like to drive the bulldozer
that eventually tears it down, but he doesn't think the building has much
-- (New Jail 4 17 sec "You
know, I know ... there's not much left.")
he was eligible for retirement in October, and is happy to still be with the
force now that construction is about to start, and he hopes to be around when
the new police station opens in the fall of 2010.