Kodiak Daily Mirror - Price tag to repair Baranof Park ice rink climbs above 1 million
Price tag to repair Baranof Park ice rink climbs above $1 million
by James Brooks
Sep 28, 2012 | 406 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An early morning fire caused a substantial amount of damage to the ice rink at Baranof Park, on Aug. 1. (Nicole Klauss photo)
An early morning fire caused a substantial amount of damage to the ice rink at Baranof Park, on Aug. 1. (Nicole Klauss photo)
The cost of an Aug. 1 arson attack at the Baranof Park ice rink has passed $1 million.

On Thursday night, the Kodiak City Council allocated $400,000 for a cost-plus contract with Jay-Brant General Contractors of Homer to complete repairs on the ice rink, which was damaged when a vandal set fire to wooden debris. The blaze spread to the rink’s dasher boards and damaged the building’s roof.

When added to substantial cleanup costs, the $400,000 contract pushes the cost of repairs over the $1 million mark. An exact figure is not available because the city’s insurer, the Alaska Public Entity Insurance corporation, paid cleanup crews directly.

Thursday’s vote enables the city to pay a $25,000 deductible on its insurance policy. “The remaining (money) is actually passed through,” city manager Aimee Kniaziowski said. “That’s money from our insurance company.”

In Tuesday’s council work session, city engineer Glenn Melvin said work may begin as soon as today. Jay-Brant is expected to crack the rink’s concrete to check on the integrity of the cooling coils within, then begin replacing damaged sections of the roof. “There may have been damage to the cooling slab, and that’s the thing that likely will take the most time,” he said.

The project’s timeline has the rink returned to operation in mid-November, but if the damage is more extensive than believed, it could take longer.

“It’s going to be over $1 million, I’m pretty sure, when all is said and done,” Melvin said.

In other business, the council voted unanimously in favor of spending $1.7 million in state grant money on the first part a project that will drastically change the look of Shelikof Street. The Shelikof Street Improvements Project will realign the portion of Shelikof Street between Pier 2 and Jack Hinkle Way. The contract with Brechan Enterprises calls for an eight-foot-wide walkway along Shelikof and improved parking along the west side of the street.

Parking along Shelikof was a major issue in the last meeting of the Kodiak Island Borough Planning and Zoning Commission, but this project affects the end of Shelikof opposite of the contentious zone.

The contract calls for completion of this part of the Shelikof Street project no later than October 2013.

The city council also:

• proclaimed Oct. 6 Coast Guard Appreciation Day;

• proclaimed Oct. 7 to Oct. 13 Fire Prevention Week;

• proclaimed October 2012 Domestic Violence Awareness Month;

• named election workers for the Oct. 2 municipal election;

• approved recommended changes for the downtown Kodiak mall parking plan;

• approved a pair of joint city-borough resolutions setting the city’s position on North Pacific Fishery Managment Council issues;

• and approved a contract to install fencing around the Parks and Recreation storage area at Baranof Park.

The next city council meeting is scheduled for Oct. 11. A work session has been scheduled for Oct. 8.
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