The council passed a resolution accepting a $2,955,792 grant from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation for the Aleutian homes water and sewer replacement project.
"That's a sizeable grant. As you all know, this is an expensive project," said city manager Amy Kniaziowski.
She added that parts of the water and sewer system date back to the 1960s and are over 50 years old, and that the grant will help offset the cost of replacing the system so the cost does not fall entirely on the shoulders of rate payers.
The money will be available July 1 and can be applied toward costs incurred as far back as the beginning of March.
The council also passed a resolution accepting $2,495,452 from DEC for the Monashka Bay pump house project.
"As you all know, that's been a number one priority for the city for a long time," Kniaziowski said about the pump house.
With the grant money, Kniaziowski said the project is fully funded. Construction has already started on the building.
"We feel very fortunate that we got both of these municipal grants for FY15 from the state," Kniaziowski said.
At the end of the meeting, the council received updates on both of these projects. Ground piping has already been installed and tested for the pump house. During this phase, the pump house had to be shut down, and water from the Pillar Mountain reservoir used instead.
Kniaziowski said the whole process went smoothly with no problems switching to different water sources.
The contractor is currently working on preparing blasting plans for the building site.
For the Aleutian housing project, the storm drain system has already been replaced, and the contractors are about half way done laying the new water main. Next, the sewer will be completed and the area will be paved.
"Then we'll have another good chunk of that neighborhood with decent water, sewer and storm drains," Kniaziowksi said.
The council received updates on several other projects as well.
The Pier 3 project to build a new dock is moving along on schedule and within budget, and construction is expected to begin in mid-August.
Designs for the new compost facility are about 65 percent complete, and the city will begin the permitting process in mid-August. There will be some public outreach and information available prior to the permitting process.
As part of the downtown master plan project for replacing water and sewer, city staff is working on a proposal to refurbish or replace the two downtown lift stations.
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