The Public Works, Water Division recommends community members keep in mind the value and benefits of trickling the water lines through January and February to prevent pipe freeze ups.
Without several feet of snow cover as insulation and “warmth savers”, many of our private and public water lines can freeze up at this time of year. A small, slow dripping at a cold-water faucet will help keep water moving a bit to prevent freezing.
The HR Department is accepting applications for a Full-time
Harbor Maintenance I
Starting Pay Range: $17.99– 21.76 per hour, plus benefits, DOE
First Review of applicants: 1/29/2018
Applications & additional information available at City Hall
THE CITY OF CORDOVA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Cordova Public Library Joins Alaska Reads
Alaska Reads is a biennial statewide reading program that features a selected publication by a living Alaskan author. This year’s selection is Steam Laundry a novel in poetry form by Nicole Stellon O’Donnell.
Steam Laundry is a novel in poems based on the true story of Sarah Ellen Gibson, a miner’s wife during the Klondike and Alaska gold rushes. Her journey began as she followed her husband to Dawson City, Yukon Territory in 1898. She stayed there three years as the town’s boom and her marriage burned out. In 1903, she left her husband and sons to start over in Fairbanks, Alaska, with another man. Based on archival research and incorporating historical documents and photographs, the poems approach the past through the ghosts of correspondence.
The poems, written in the voices of Gibson, her family members, and the people who knew her, take on love, loss, failure, and desire. Some confront the drama of failed marriages, troubled family relationships, and alcoholism. Others spin the dramatic details of hunting accidents and subarctic survival into compelling stories in verse. They embody the opposing voices of an era during which men and women struggled in different, but overlapping, universes.
By staring at Gibson through the spectral lenses of the people around her, the documents she left behind, and the vision of a contemporary poet, the particulars of Gibson’s life are transformed into an exploration of the people history usually forgets. Steam Laundry offers the reader the chance to try on the dusty, mining-town overcoat of Gibson’s life.
The author, Nicole Stellon O’Donnell’s first collection, Steam Laundry, won the 2013 WILLA Literary Award for Poetry. Her next book, You Are No Longer in Trouble, a memoir-in-flash about being a teacher, a student, and a principal’s daughter is forthcoming in March 2019 from the Marie Alexander Series. Everything Never Comes Your Way, a collection of poems, will be published by Boreal Books in 2020.
Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Passages North, Bellingham Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Women’s Review of Books, Redivider, Zyzzyva, and other literary journals. Her essays and commentaries appeared in the AnchorageDaily News on the Alaska Public Radio Network. She received both an Individual Artist Award and an Artist Fellowship from the Rasmuson Foundation, as well as a Boochever Fellowship and an Alaska Literary Award from the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation. In 2014, she served the winter writer-in-residence at Denali National Park. She spent the spring of 2016 in South India as a recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching. She teaches English at a school for incarcerated youth. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Reading events and discussions of Steam Laundry are being organized now. If you are interested in participating in the program, it’s easy to do! The Cordova Public Library has many copies of Steam Laundry available for our patrons. You can pick one up now and then participate in our discussion with the author once it is scheduled.
Do you need a ROW Permit?
A Reminder From the Public Works Department
Please remember that any work, excavation, construction, or use of City roads, streets, property, or Rights of Way
requires a City ROW Permit / Street Cut permit, which is available on the City website.
Contact Bill Howard at Streets Division for more info.
Refuse Division Reminds Patrons of Pick Up Days
Refuse Division Reminds Patrons of Pick-up Days
The City of Cordova Refuse Division of Public Works is a hard-working team and just like the postal service are not letting, rain, snow, wind, or icy roads keep them from their rounds. Residential garbage is collected weekly. Each residence is permitted three cans per week. City Code requires garbage should be bagged and tied and stored in clean, watertight, animal-proof containers with tight-fitting lids. Following is the Pick-Up Schedule:
Monday First Street Cans, Businesses on First Street and Alley, Cans at Recycle Station Tuesday Residential Homes on First, Second, Third and Fourth Streets, Residential Homes on Davis avenue, Observation Avenue, Railroad Avenue, Council Avenue. Harbor Loop and Nicholoff Way, High School Area, and Ski Hill, Downtown Businesses and Alley Wednesday First Street Cans and Businesses, Alley behind Steen’s, Copper River Highway to 6 Mile, Whitshed Area Thursday McGlaughlin Trailer Court, LeFevre Avenue, Spruce Street, Power Creek Road, Chase Avenue, Heney Trailer Court Friday First Street Cans and Businesses, Adams Street, Lake Avenue, Railroad Row/Boardwalk, Cedar Street, Birch Street, Alder Street
Commercial properties may utilize cans or dumpsters. Dumpsters are available in two sizes. Collection may be scheduled weekly. Contact City Hall to schedule pick-ups.
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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.
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Click HERE for Cordova Tsunami Evacuation Information
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.
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.