Situated in the southeastern end of Prince William Sound, the Alaskan City of Cordova is quickly emerging as one of America's best places to live, work, play, and visit.
Terry Bradshaw highlights Cordova! Click here to watch the Today in America feature video.
The Copper River Watershed Project and Alaska Commercial Company are teaming up to bring another plastic recycling day to our community. Get your #1 and #2 plastics sorted and ready to go. Friday, August 25th from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm at the front entrance of AC.
ADOT Project Will Affect New England Cannery Road
Hippie Cove culvert to be replaced in 2018.
CORDOVA, Alaska – The Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) has announced that within their 2018 schedule, they will remove the two old 48” culverts at Hippie Cove and install a new 84” tall fish friendly culvert. As a part of this project, the ADOT has ordered the City of Cordova to relocate or adjust the City’s 16” ductile iron pipe water main crossing over the top of the existing culverts just beneath the asphalt roadway. All of the work will be funded by ADOT.
To begin the work, the City is advertising now to retain the services of an engineering firm to design this water main relocation/adjustment as a part of the larger ADOT culvert replacement project. Proposals will be received from interested firms on September 1, 2017.
Design will occur through January 2018 then ADOT will bid out the project and field work is scheduled for Summer 2018.
This project will disrupt traffic utilizing New England Cannery Road. If the water line must be dug deeper to run under the new culvert, the disruption will be major. If the water line must only be adjusted or protected during culvert installation, the disruption will be more manageable.
The City’s 16” ductile iron pipe water main lies in a 6’ thick gap of earth which spans from the top of the existing metal culverts up to the top of the existing asphalt roadway. The new culvert will be 2’ taller so this gap will shrink to 4’ thick. The tolerances for culvert placement and protection from traffic and freezing will be tight. The design engineer will work with ADOT designers to minimize the impacts on the City’s water line.
The proposed schedule is tentative and is as follows:
August 4 Publish Engineer RFP
September 1 Receive proposals
September 13 Special Council Meeting to Approve Engineer Contract
September 15 Notice to Proceed to Engineer Firm
January 9 Plans and Specs 100% Complete
May 10 Contractor mobilizes and starts work
November 10 Culvert and water line work complete.
The City of Cordova will be reimbursed by ADOT for all expenses on this project including engineer design fees and staff time.
The City of Cordova will provide updates on this project to keep the community informed specifically those residents and businesses that might be severely affected by this construction project.
Damage Shortens North Fill Dock
No repairs this season.
Severe damage occurred to the dock at the North Fill ramp sometime prior to the morning of July 31st. The North Fill Dock has become more heavily used over the last three seasons since being constructed at a cost of $500,000.
The damage to the two dock sections was extensive and it’s estimated the repairs will cost approximately $45,000. The Harbor Division has removed the damaged docks.
The ramp is still functional, but users should take caution as the dock is now two sections shorter and be cautious and observant of tides.
Any one with any knowledge of the incident is asked to provide information to Harbormaster Tony Schinella or Chief of Police Mike Hicks.
The Cordova Historical Society and Museum are pleased to present the exhibit "Alaska's Skyboys - Cowboy Pilots and Myths of the Last Frontier." This is a fascinating photographic exhibit depicting the development of aviation in Alaska on loan from the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.
The opening reception will be Friday, August 4th from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be on display through August 26th.
Skyboys author, Katie Johnson Ringsmuth will visit in person on Thursday, August 17th to talk about her work and research for this great story of Alaskan aviators including many of Cordova's own.
Please join us for all of these events!
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.
This is always an exciting time of the year for fishermen, cannery workers, processors and the Public Works Water Division! During this time of heavy processing the Water Division supplies the processors with an average of 3 million gallons of water per day! This time of heavy pressure on our community's water system always happens around the time of the arrival of the pink salmon.
To do your part, make sure you don't have water running unnecessarily at home. Watch for leaks and report any to the Water Division. Help us, help the processors by providing enough water for all of our uses! And thanks.
On behalf of the Prince William Sound Economic Development District and the Alaska Marine Highway System Reform Initiative, please accept our thanks to the community of Cordova for a warm reception and lively conversation with regard to the future of the ferry system.
Even if you didn't have the opportunity to attend any of the informational sessions, please take the time to do one or all of the following action steps:
1. Visit www.amhsreform.com to review a wealth of information about the initiative
2. Read the Phase I Report about transitioning to an public corporation
3. Provide feedback on why the ferry is important to you - MOST IMPORTANT
4. Read about Phase II of the project - what's happening now through mid-September
5. Sign-up for notices as the project progresses in the coming weeks.
6. Let your legislators know your thoughts about the initiative and how you hope they will respond
305 Center Avenue Ste. 1
Kodiak AK, 99615
305 Center Ave. Suite 1
Kodiak AK, 99615
Again, thanks for your interest, participation, and follow-up.
Who You Going To Call?
If you see an oil or fuel sheen on the lake?
Recently our community has experienced a couple of minor fuel spills into beautiful Eyak Lake. Local citizens have been quick to spot them which has assisted in early and rapid response.
As a part of regular training for the City of Cordova staff, a tabletop exercise was orchestrated by our Emergency Management Coordinator, Joanie Behrends this morning July 10th for the City's Incident Command staff to refresh and update the steps to take in the event of a fuel spill into navigable waters.
There never is a textbook solution as each and every emergency event is different, but by practicing various scenarios City staff becomes more and more versed at responding to all events of this nature. The training provides us an opportunity to discuss and present multiple options and possible solutions.
What should you do in the event you smell or see a fuel spill or sheen on our waterways in Cordova?
The first step and ALWAYS the first step is to call Dispatch.
Dispatch will notify all our first responders whom have been trained on the next steps. Thanks for pitching in to make Cordova a great place to live!
Cordova Electric Cooperative is beginning utility work in the alley between First Street and Second Street as of July 5th. This may disrupt some access to businesses along the alleyway and be closed to traffic at times. Please provide them with your consideration.
Summer Season Hours for Library and Museum
The Cordova Historical Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm now for the summer season. The museum staff has opened up their entryway exhibit, 'A Sense of Time, A Sense of Place.' In addition the staff has opened the St. Elias lighthouse lens exhibit and an exhibit on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill which includes a newly acquired piece of the hull from the vessel.
Work continues next on the Native History and Culture exhibit which visitors will have a sneak peek at the work underway in that gallery. The museum store, the Copper River Gallery and the Eustace Ziegler Gallery are also open and ready to receive visitors!
The Cordova Public Library is open six days a week this summer season with plenty of reading room, wireless internet and summer reading for kids. On Sundays, we're showing movies in the Education Room. Library Hours are: Tuesday through Thursday 10-8; Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday Noon - 5. Closed on Mondays.