Situated in the southeastern end of Prince William Sound, the Alaskan City of Cordova is quickly emerging as one of America's best places to live, work, play, and visit.
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During excavation to repair a water leak, the Water Division crew encountered a situation that required an immediate valve shut off that will cause an outage in the vicinity of RR Row and Boardwalk, that should last about an hour and should be restored at about 1145am today, 27July.
The crew knocked on many doors in the neighborhood to provide notifications.
We apologize for any inconvenience as our technicians work to improve our aging water infrastructure.
Any questions please call Rich Rogers 253-6224.
Once a week, a team of folks from the Refuse Division diligently swing by your home to pick up the trash you and your family have produced. What happens to those bags of trash once they leave your driveway? Where does our refuse go? The Refuse facility on Whitshed Road is the first destination for trash.
Since 1998, the Refuse Division has baled our solid waste into tight cubes of garbage and hauled these bales by the truckload to the Landfill at 17 Mile. This year, the 16-year-old conveyor belt that feeds the trash into the compactor has had a few issues that are impeding the Refuse Division from baling trash.
In the first quarter of 2017, on the conveyor belt, several tie rods, links and wheel assemblies failed due to rust and corrosion. To fix the conveyor belt, it cost the Refuse Division approximately $19,000 and time down with the baler. In the second quarter of this year the conveyor belt failed again and has not been repaired because of the expense.
Since that time, the Refuse Division, led by Aaron Muma, has been hauling un-compacted trash to the 17 Mile landfill. As per state and local regulations, the loads are covered to keep trash from blowing out or escaping on the journey. Once the load reaches the landfill, the garbage is dumped and then immediately covered with crushed gravel that completely covers the loose materials.
Because the landfill is at 17 Mile and the expanse of the area makes it difficult and expensive to potentially fence, for many years there have been bears that frequent the landfill as they look for an easy meal. People have questioned whether unbaled materials are attracting more bears, but the Refuse crew has not seen an increase in the number of bears over the past few years including this season. The bears got into baled materials as well.
It’s important for the public to remember the landfill is a secure area and not open to the public per city code. It is a dangerous place to walk around without guidance from the Refuse crew. Discussion on the Refuse Division’s conveyor belt repair and whether to bale or not bale the community’s trash may continue at future City Council meetings.
Public Notice from the City of Cordova:
In continued preparation for upcoming water tank upgrade work, the Public Works Water Division technicians will be checking valves and water flows on Monday, July 31st from the Mews Water Tank up to the Ski Hill Tank area.
Residents of the Davis Avenue, Upper Council Avenue, Cabin Ridge Road, Mews Apartments, and Ski Hill Road areas are hereby advised that water pressure and water flow may be interrupted for brief periods on this day, from 7am to 3pm.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation!
(Juneau, AK) – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities proposed Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) schedule for fall, winter, and spring 2017-2018 is now available for public review.Scheduled service is similar to last year’s service, and is designed to meet community service needs while staying within available funding and maintaining vessel regulatory and safety standards.
Communities and interested people can review and comment on the proposed schedule for the next 14 days. With the timing of the budget, the public comment period is slightly shorter than those in recent years, to allow the public sufficient lead time to make reservations for sailings that begin on October 1st.
The draft schedule is based on established community service needs and events. It is available online with accompanying documents at dot.alaska.gov/amhs/share/schedule/considerations.pdf.
A teleconference to hear comments and consider adjustments is scheduled for July 31, 2017, at 10:00AM for Southeast schedules and at 1:30 PM for Southwest and Southcentral schedules. The toll-free number to participate in either teleconference is 1-515-604-9000, access code 279613.
For people wishing to attend in person, the teleconference will be held in Ketchikan at the Alaska Marine Highway Central Office, 7559 North Tongass Highway.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 242 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway, and 731 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure”.
This is always an exciting time of the year for fishermen, cannery workers, processors and the Public Works Water Division! During this time of heavy processing the Water Division supplies the processors with an average of 3 million gallons of water per day! This time of heavy pressure on our community's water system always happens around the time of the arrival of the pink salmon.
To do your part, make sure you don't have water running unnecessarily at home. Watch for leaks and report any to the Water Division. Help us, help the processors by providing enough water for all of our uses! And thanks.
On behalf of the Prince William Sound Economic Development District and the Alaska Marine Highway System Reform Initiative, please accept our thanks to the community of Cordova for a warm reception and lively conversation with regard to the future of the ferry system.
Even if you didn't have the opportunity to attend any of the informational sessions, please take the time to do one or all of the following action steps:
1. Visit www.amhsreform.com to review a wealth of information about the initiative
2. Read the Phase I Report about transitioning to an public corporation
3. Provide feedback on why the ferry is important to you - MOST IMPORTANT
4. Read about Phase II of the project - what's happening now through mid-September
5. Sign-up for notices as the project progresses in the coming weeks.
6. Let your legislators know your thoughts about the initiative and how you hope they will respond
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Again, thanks for your interest, participation, and follow-up.
Who You Going To Call?
If you see an oil or fuel sheen on the lake?
Recently our community has experienced a couple of minor fuel spills into beautiful Eyak Lake. Local citizens have been quick to spot them which has assisted in early and rapid response.
As a part of regular training for the City of Cordova staff, a tabletop exercise was orchestrated by our Emergency Management Coordinator, Joanie Behrends this morning July 10th for the City's Incident Command staff to refresh and update the steps to take in the event of a fuel spill into navigable waters.
There never is a textbook solution as each and every emergency event is different, but by practicing various scenarios City staff becomes more and more versed at responding to all events of this nature. The training provides us an opportunity to discuss and present multiple options and possible solutions.
What should you do in the event you smell or see a fuel spill or sheen on our waterways in Cordova?
The first step and ALWAYS the first step is to call Dispatch.
Dispatch will notify all our first responders whom have been trained on the next steps. Thanks for pitching in to make Cordova a great place to live!
Cordova Electric Cooperative is beginning utility work in the alley between First Street and Second Street as of July 5th. This may disrupt some access to businesses along the alleyway and be closed to traffic at times. Please provide them with your consideration.
Summer Season Hours for Library and Museum
The Cordova Historical Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm now for the summer season. The museum staff has opened up their entryway exhibit, 'A Sense of Time, A Sense of Place.' In addition the staff has opened the St. Elias lighthouse lens exhibit and an exhibit on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill which includes a newly acquired piece of the hull from the vessel.
Work continues next on the Native History and Culture exhibit which visitors will have a sneak peek at the work underway in that gallery. The museum store, the Copper River Gallery and the Eustace Ziegler Gallery are also open and ready to receive visitors!
The Cordova Public Library is open six days a week this summer season with plenty of reading room, wireless internet and summer reading for kids. On Sundays, we're showing movies in the Education Room. Library Hours are: Tuesday through Thursday 10-8; Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday Noon - 5. Closed on Mondays.
Planning Division Changes Street Name
The Planning Division of the City of Cordova recently announced that in accordance with the Cordova Municipal Code, Lakeview Drive will be renamed Sunnyside Drive effective May 1st, 2017. Address numbers will remain the same.
This name change is for the Lakeview Drive off Power Creek Road, shown in the image below. Lake View Drive off the highway will be unaffected by this change.