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By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Civic Center hill trail to get makeover

Council approves funding for 2014 project

 


The trail leading on Civic Center hill that leads up to the shelter at the top will receive a much needed remodel next summer.

The Valdez City Council approved $120,000 in funding to rehabilitate the steep trail, guardrails and gazebo at the top, which have been damaged by two winter’s worth of record snows and other severe weather events.

During discussions on the matter at the Valdez City Council meeting two weeks ago, councilmember Mike Wells asked if this project would rehabilitate the existing trail, make improvements to the gazebo at the top of the hill, and provide for a second trail.

City manager John Hozey said the project will address the deficiencies, and also realign the entrance to the trail. According to city minutes from the meeting, Hozey explained that currently the entrance is being damaged due to snow blowing efforts in the winter and the realignment will correct the situation.

“I’m a little disappointed this isn’t going to get done this summer,” councilmember Donna Schantz said, before asking the council consider adding $4,900 in funding to add portions of the rehab project that were cut by city administration after cost estimates submitted to the city came in higher than budgeted.

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The trail up to the Civic Center overlook is in line for a facelift in 2014. The railings leading up the shelter that offers a million dollar view of Valdez have not weathered well during the last few winters.

Schantz said that if the project was delayed until the next construction season anyway, it only made sense to include the additional work.

According to the agenda statement provided to council on the matter, bids that were submitted that would have seen the project completed this year were significantly more expensive than bids for a 2014 project.

The contract was awarded to Wolverine Supply.

City administration asked for bids for the 2013 and 2014 construction seasons.

Wolverine Supply bid $128,544 for 2013 and $117,540 for the 2014 season. A second bidder, H Construction, submitted a bid that would have cost $181,039 for 2014. The company did not submit a bid for this season.

 

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