The $8.1 million agreement with Brechan Enterprises provides for closing the existing landfill pit and completing work on the new landfill pit being excavated by Anderson Construction under a separate contract.
“We’ve been working on this project for several years, and we obviously have a deadline we’re working on,” said borough manager Rick Gifford before the assembly’s vote.
The existing landfill will be full by 2014, and the landfill expansion project must be complete by then.
Mel Stephens was the only member of the assembly to vote against the contract, saying borough staff failed to provide documentation indicating the contract was reviewed by the borough attorney.
Work on the first phase of the landfill expansion, excavation of the new pit, was to be completed by this spring, but the second-snowiest Kodiak winter on record means that deadline will not be met.
“(Anderson Construction) submitted a request for extension that we’re working on because of the winter weather,” said borough engineering director Woody Koning.
In a separate interview, Brechan CEO Mike Martin said work on his company’s portion of the project will begin as soon as possible.
“We’ll be getting on it as quick as we possibly can,” he said.
In response to a question from assembly member Tuck Bonney, Koning said the engineering department doesn’t see any conflicts between Anderson’s work and Brechan’s.
Engineers had estimated that the project approved Thursday would cost $6.2 million.
“The cost escalation from the estimate is probably in large part due to materials costs,” Koning said. “This project has a lot of plastics in it ... that are really closely related to oil pricing.”
Following the meeting, Koning said a misplaced decimal point in the engineer’s estimate of a particular material also caused the estimate to be lower than reality.
The borough budgeted $18 million for the landfill project, with $3 million spent thus far. Planning has begun for the third phase of the project, a specialized water treatment plant, but cost estimates are not yet available.