CORDOVA, Alaska – The Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) has announced that within their 2018 schedule, they will remove the two old 48” culverts at Hippie Cove and install a new 84” tall fish friendly culvert. As a part of this project, the ADOT has ordered the City of Cordova to relocate or adjust the City’s 16” ductile iron pipe water main crossing over the top of the existing culverts just beneath the asphalt roadway. All of the work will be funded by ADOT.
To begin the work, the City is advertising now to retain the services of an engineering firm to design this water main relocation/adjustment as a part of the larger ADOT culvert replacement project. Proposals will be received from interested firms on September 1, 2017.
Design will occur through January 2018 then ADOT will bid out the project and field work is scheduled for Summer 2018.
This project will disrupt traffic utilizing New England Cannery Road. If the water line must be dug deeper to run under the new culvert, the disruption will be major. If the water line must only be adjusted or protected during culvert installation, the disruption will be more manageable.
The City’s 16” ductile iron pipe water main lies in a 6’ thick gap of earth which spans from the top of the existing metal culverts up to the top of the existing asphalt roadway. The new culvert will be 2’ taller so this gap will shrink to 4’ thick. The tolerances for culvert placement and protection from traffic and freezing will be tight. The design engineer will work with ADOT designers to minimize the impacts on the City’s water line.
The proposed schedule is tentative and is as follows:
August 4 Publish Engineer RFP
September 1 Receive proposals
September 13 Special Council Meeting to Approve Engineer Contract
September 15 Notice to Proceed to Engineer Firm
January 9 Plans and Specs 100% Complete
May 10 Contractor mobilizes and starts work
November 10 Culvert and water line work complete.
The City of Cordova will be reimbursed by ADOT for all expenses on this project including engineer design fees and staff time.
The City of Cordova will provide updates on this project to keep the community informed specifically those residents and businesses that might be severely affected by this construction project.
Refuse Division Updates
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.
Planning A Project? Remember Your Permit!
All Cordovans are reminded to obtain a permit from the City Streets Division for any work involving construction, excavation, or tunneling in/on City properties or Rights of Way.
This has long been required by City Code and the current ROW blank permit form is available on the city website, cityofcordova.net. Please contact Bill Howard/Public Works with any questions. And we thank you.
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Need a Building Permit?
The City of Cordova Planning Department would like to remind everyone that a Building Permit is required for the erection, construction, establishment, moving, alteration, enlargement, repair, or conversion of ANY building or structure located within the City.
Building Permits are required in order to ensure that all projects adhere to zoning requirements, height requirements, setbacks, minimum lot size, and permitted uses which vary throughout the City.
If you have any questions, please contact the Planning Department at 424-6220, or visit click the LINK.
City Releases Cordova Center Video
The City is proud to unveil our Cordova Center Capital Campaign Video. Featuring some familiar faces and amazing "drone-based" video, it is a must-see! The video is available on the City's YouTube channel.
Baler Open on Saturdays
Your baler is now open on Saturdays for your convenience. In order to accommodate the weekend hours, staff will be closing the facility on Thursdays. Hours are 7:00-3:30, however staffing issues can impact the schedule unexpectedly. You can always call 424-5600 before you go.
One of the ways that Cordovans can prepare for emergencies is by being proactive with regards to the potential hazards we face. A great example of this proactive idea, mitigation, is insurance against those potential hazards.
Do you have Flood Insurance or Earthquake Insurance for your Home or Property? All property owners in Cordova can get flood coverage! Yes, everyone can get up to $250,000 of coverage for structures. Homeowners can get it. Renters can get it. And business owners can get it. If you currently do not have flood insurance, and you live in an area prone to floods, it may be worth your time to investigate. Call a qualified insurance company or broker …or search online at www.floodsmart.gov . Be sure to ask for a “National Flood Insurance Policy”.
The City of Cordova has an ordinance for flood damage prevention, Chapter 19.04. That chapter describes the City’s intent to be proactive with regards to flood hazard areas. The areas of special flood hazard identified by the Federal Insurance Administration in a scientific and engineering report entitled "The Flood Insurance Study for the City of Cordova," dated April 2, 1979 (with accompanying Flood Insurance Maps) is adopted by reference and declared to be a part of the chapter. The Flood Insurance Study is on file at City Hall.
Earthquake insurance is another consideration. It is important to note that standard homeowners insurance does not cover damage and destruction that happens as a result of an earthquake - and many fire insurance policies do not cover the fires resulting from earthquakes! As a point of interest, there was an earthquake in California in 1989 that caused 6 billion dollars in damage…and only 16% of that was covered by insurance. It was the Loma Prieta earthquake.
Only 1 out of 3 households in Alaska have earthquake insurance. Most of those are added on to the standard insurance as endorsements. Typically, there is a deductible of 10% of the value of the home. So, if your home is currently insured for $100,000…you would have to pay $10,000 in damages before the insurance company would pay anything. Separate deductibles typically apply to home contents and structure…and the base cost of earthquake insurance will depend upon a variety of factors. If you live in a home built of bricks, the insurance company sees that as a higher risk…thus you pay more.
This information on earthquake insurance was found in the outstanding earthquake resource entitled “Are you prepared for the next big Earthquake in Alaska?” And, of course, the best place to get more information on earthquake insurance is from your insurance agent. Think about mitigation. Be prudent. Be ready. Be prepared.