Grocery store bid process entering final week
by Jennifer Cohron
Dec 12, 2013 | 2148 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CORDOVA — Contractors have less than a week to submit bids for the grocery store project in Cordova.

The bids will be opened Tuesday at 10 a.m. at City Hall.

Long term recovery manager Steve Ostaseski said 13 companies have expressed interest in overseeing site preparation and six companies have submitted their names for building construction.

Ostaseski said two companies have bid on both.

“The Civicon group, who did such a great job of tearing down downtown, is in on both packages,” he said.

Ostaseski also informed council members that he sent out nine courtesy letters this week to residents whose properties are overgrown.

He said he planned to send out a new round of letters every two weeks.

“If they don’t take care of the problem by the time the next city council meeting comes up, I’ll bring them to you and identify them as nuisance properties, and we’ll take action to clear them,” Ostaseski said.

He added that 30 to 40 days later, the city will levy a lien against the property to recoup the expense of the clean-up.

A third project Ostaseski said he has been working on is a clean-up of Cane Creek.

“That’s our first start at a tourist-friendly business,” Ostaseski said.

The clean-up effort is expected to be handled almost exclusively by volunteers.

“There’s no way we can pay for that,” he said.

In other action from Tuesday night’s meeting, the council:

•approved moving the pay for police officer Terry Coley from the part-time rate of $10 an hour to the full-time rate of $13 per hour.

Mayor Drew Gilbert said Coley, a part-time employee, has been asked to work several extra shifts in recent months.

“He has full-time employment status elsewhere, so he doesn’t require full-time status or benefits from us. I think for him to get the full-time rate of pay even though he is not a full-time officer would be good at this time. He’s been covering a lot of extra shifts with our personnel issue that we’ve had,” Gilbert said. He added that Coley is the longest tenured officer at the Cordova Police Department.

•passed an amendment to the zoning ordinance that has been discussed in several previous meetings. The amendment makes the roof pitch requirement for manufactured homes consistent in all districts.

•voted to stagger the terms of members of the Cordova Housing Authority in order to comply with federal law.

Gilbert said one person on the five-member board should be up for reappointment or replacement every year. However, the current schedule called for the terms of two members to expire in 2015 and two others to expire in 2017.

To correct the problem, the council agreed to extend the term of Clyde Pittman until 2016 and the term of Kevin Gilbert until 2018.

•learned that the equipment of Cordova Fire and Rescue has been moved inside the old fire station for the winter.

“We’re kind of sardined in there at the moment, but it’s working. The heat works, so the trucks are not freezing,” Fire Chief Dean Harbison said.

The station was totaled by the city’s insurance company after being damaged in the April 2011 tornadoes.

•recognized members of CPD for their service in the past year.