The Kodiak City Council approved funds and awarded a contract for the construction of a new facility for composting bio-solids.

The contract was awarded to Brechan Enterprises for $3.39 million.

Before awarding the contract, the council approved the addition of a $3 million loan from the Alaska Clean Water Fund to the project budget for a total funding of $7.2 million.

“The project currently has $3.3 million available for construction,” said public works director Mark Kozak at the meeting Thursday. “When the bids were opened, they were higher than estimated. In order to award the project, we need to amend the project budget by including the $3 million Alaska clean-water fund loan into the budget.”

At the Feb. 12 meeting, the council approved borrowing up to $3 million from the Alaska Clean Water Fund in case of unexpected costs or high bids.

The council also approved a contract with CH2M Hill for $394,000 to provide project management services for the compost facility project.

When finished, the compost facility at the Kodiak Island Borough Landfill will turn sewage sludge from the wastewater treatment plant into Class A compost.

The council also authorized a contract with CH2M Hill for $50,000 for assistance with permitting for the mixing zone at the wastewater treatment plant and a pollution elimination system.

The council also issued permits to the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce for use of public property during Crab Fest, Kodiak Little League for use of public property at baseball camp and to sell concessions, and Kodiak High School soccer team to sell concessions and collect admission at games.

The council declared April 11 through 18 as Week of the Young Child and declared April as Month of the Military Child, Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The council also presented the finance department led by interim director Karl Swanson with a certificate of achievement given by the Government Finance Officers Association for the fiscal year 2014 Comprehensive Financial Report.

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