The Kodiak City Council approved a bid for the rebuild of Pier 3 at its regular meeting Thursday night.

Seattle, Wash.-based Pacific Pile and Marine was awarded the contract at $25,841,720, making it one of the biggest projects the city has ever undertaken, mayor Pat Branson said.

Council members Richard Walker, Terry Haines, Charles Davidson, John Whiddon and Gabriel Savaria all approved the bid. Randall Bishop was absent from the meeting.

“Being able to get this within budget is a huge accomplishment,” Whiddon said. “This is a legacy project, I am just glad to see it go forth.”

Planning for the rebuild of Pier 3 began last decade after inspections revealed corrosion. Close to $600,000 was spent to fix the pier before the Alaska Legislature and a statewide port and harbor bond provided $33.7 million to replace it. Pacific Pile made a lower bid than American Construction Company and Manson Construction Company.

Pacific Pile built Kodiak’s Pier 2.

“After working on that dock for many years, I can attest to the quality of work that they do. I am grateful that they are receiving the bid and I am sure they will do a very admirable job on this project,” Davidson said.

The project is expected to be completed by mid-2015.

In other business:

• The council approved a resolution to allow the Kodiak Public Library Association to fundraise at its new facility and also passed a first reading to officially name the building the Kodiak Public Library.

• City clerk Debra Marlar was awarded a pin for her 20 years of service to the city and it was announced that Marty Owen is retiring in May after 19 years as the city’s harbormaster.

• Mayor Pat Branson awarded two keys to the city to the Kodiak girls basketball team —one to the coaching staff and one to the players. The girls finished 27-0 and won the program’s first state title since 1981 on March 22

• The council declared April 1 as Mayor’s Day.

The council meets on April 8 for a work session in the borough conference room and on April 10 for a regular meeting in the borough assembly chambers.

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