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Capital projects go in front of P&Z
by Wes Hanna
Feb 10, 2011 | 54 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two major capital improvement projects were introduced to the Kodiak Island Borough Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday for approval.

The first, brought by the city of Kodiak, is an ultraviolet (UV) water treatment plant that would replace a building at the city’s water treatment complex on Pillar Mountain Road. The building would be 38-by-48 feet and have two stories.

The water treatment plant in use by the city now is a gravity-fed system from the upper reservoir that adds chlorine to disinfect the water before it is released into the water system for the city and the borough.

However, in 2006 new federal regulations mandated a second disinfectant be used to treat unfiltered water and the city decided to build a UV plant at a cost of $9 million, rather than build a filtration plant that would be about three times as expensive.

“The city has awarded this construction contract, and due to the nature of the project the contractor is anxious to get going as soon as the weather allows,” public works director Mark Kozak said. The contractor hopes to begin the project by early spring.

Kozak said the contractor has a construction schedule of approximately 15 months. The UV treatment plant building could be up and running in one year, and estimated completion date for the whole project is July 2012.

The city of Kodiak is asking for a conditional use permit to go ahead with construction. Borough staff reported that the development wouldn’t substantially change the traffic impact or noise of the water treatment plant but noted there is a residential development across the street and recommended that the permit go with the stipulation that spruce trees in the area be preserved and encouraged to grow to act as a visual and noise buffer.

The second major capital improvement project to come before the planning and zoning commission is the location for a new building for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Near Island in close proximity to the Fisheries Industrial Technology Center.

Alaska voters approved a bond for the building in November.

The staff report said the administrative and academic complex would have multiple benefits to the community, including retaining an important employment center, ensuring commercial fisheries competitiveness, and enhancing local tourism opportunities.

The current building housing the Alaska Department of Fish and Game was built in 1973 and has problems with space and basic functionality.

The planning and zoning commission is being asked by the Kodiak Island Borough government to rezone the area from conservation to public use to facilitate permitting and financing of the project.

“It is consistent with the comprehensive plan that shows this whole area as a research campus,” director of community development Bud Cassidy said.

As was brought out in the meeting, a Near Island trail crosses the lot, and would be retained in current design plans.

The planning and zoning commission will consider the two major Kodiak Island projects at its regular meeting Feb. 16 in the borough assembly chambers.
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