It Must Be Spring - The Salmon Pens Are Being Put Together!
The Public Works Streets Division crew this week is doing its annual “build out” of the Hippy Cove Fish Pens as part of the City’s support to the community’s efforts in growing the salmon returns to the area. Thanks to the guys for pitching in...!
Your Library OPEN on Sundays!
NOW OPEN ON SUNDAYS! The Cordova Public Library will be open on Sundays, 1-5 pm starting on May 8. Come relax and enjoy the view in our beautiful library!
As Cordova's busy season starts, so do parking demands on Main Street. Remember, there are parking time limitations on all Main Street curbside parking spots. There are ample signs informing motorist of this and the Cordova Police Department will be chalking tires of cars parked in timed spots. Save the cost and aggravation of a ticket. There's plenty of parking spots on the lower level of the Cordova Center, at the PD/Fire Station, and behind the old library. It is OK to walk a little and good for the heart and soul.
Service Animals Only in City Facilities
We like pets but when visiting City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce, CCMC or other city owned facilities, please leave Fido at home or in the car. The city has instituted a "No Pet" policy for all city owned buildings. Certified service animals are excepted.
Summer Construction in the Harbor Area
Paving Cordova Roads 2016! The construction project to pave and create drainage on Nicholoff and Harbor Loop roads has begun.
The majority of work being done this week includes placing storm water catch basins and surveying for both gutters and sidewalks. Those orange stakes you see along Nicholoff and Harbor Loop Road are pretty important to the process. If they get moved or taken out, the process has to start all over! Please be respectful of the teams working hard to make the project go well and get done as soon as possible. After the catch basins are all in place, grading will start to prepare the surface for paving.
While 'normal' traffic routes to South Fill businesses and parking will be disrupted allaccess to businesses will be available at all times via detours if necessary.
Fishermen are encouraged to use the ramp at the North Fill as much as possible during this period. Please proceed with caution in the area and observe and obey traffic signs and detours.
Depending on the weather, this road work should be completed by early June. We apologize for the inconvenience but the end result will be a better road system in the South Fill area! We will work to update this announcement as often as possible! Thanks for your patience and understanding.
Doing Business in Cordova?
A friendly reminder from the City of Cordova that all paid contractors, freelance service providers, and other independent suppliers are required to purchase a City business license, collect sales tax and remit the tax to the City on a quarterly basis.
Business owners are strongly encouraged to ask all service providers for their proof of license. If you have contracted someone from out of town, please direct them to City Hall to get their local business license. Call 424-6200 for questions.
Planning to Pave? Check with the City First!
This summer will probably see the presence of one or more asphalt contractors in Cordova here to perform large and small paving projects, ranging from city streets to parking lots to alleys to residential driveways and lots in between.
Please be reminded that any work on any City street, shoulder, parking lot, alley way, real estate, or property of any kind is not allowed without a completed City ROW Right of Way Permit approved by the City Public Works Department.
In the past, too many homeowners have regraded and paved their driveways and encroached onto City property without the City’s permission resulting in problems with local drainage and/or safety shoulders. This has necessitated re-work by the Streets Department at city taxpayers’ expense. By obtaining an approved Permit to work on City property, all citizens can help us avoid these paving-related construction issues and additional costs to taxpayers.
For further information, please contact Bill Howard at Streets/City Shop at 424-6335 or Rich Rogers at 424-6231 or the City Planning office.
Drive Through Utility Payments!
Utility Payments Made Easy!
Now available for the citizens of Cordova, a convenient, new drive-by drop box for utility payments! The drop box is located in the lower level parking lot of the Cordova Center. Enter into the parking lot and drive halfway through the loop, where you will find the payment box easy to access from the driver’s side. No need to even get out of your car!
The drop box across the hall from the police station is no longer available for payments. If you have questions, concerns or comments, please contact the utility office at 424-6212. Thanks for your patience and cooperation!
Cordova's Delta-Palooza Scavenger Hunt
Great wintertime fun in the sun.
Try Cordova's Delta-Palooza scavenger hunt, a fun way to get familiar with our community.
Ranger Rick, Cordova's friendly Forest Ranger, needs your help in tracking down some critters who have left the forest. They've been seen at various locations around town, just waiting for your help to get home.
Download the clue sheet, fill in the blanks with the name and description of our animal friends, and bring the completed clue sheet to City Hall or the Cordova Visitors Office and receive a genuine certificate of commendation for a job well done!
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.
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.