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By CVN Staff 

Assembly OKs $225K for pump station


March 31, 2011

The Haines Borough Assembly on March 22 approved up to $225,000 for replacement of a Barnett Drive water pump station to improve capacity.

The assembly authorized borough manager Mark Earnest to enter into an agreement with Henricksen Constructors of Juneau, which submitted a $225,000 bid. The borough received six other bids, ranging from $227,000 to $421,500.

According to the project description, work will include demolition of the existing pump station building, furnishing and installing a water booster pump system in a 16-by-14 foot building, and some site piping and grading.

“We built a new Young Road water tank, so we’re building a newer pump station that will give us a higher head pressure and will be able to fill that tank up,” said borough facilities director Brad Maynard. “Right now, we can only fill that tank about halfway or three-quarters of the way.”

The steel tank installed in 2009 more than quadrupled capacity, to around 230,000 gallons, and serves the Highland Estates and Skyline subdivisions.

Maynard said the pump station work is part of the borough’s water-sewer master plan.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation awarded the borough a $340,000 grant that required a 30 percent local match to support the upgrade. The $102,000 borough match money had been budgeted in the fiscal year 2009 capital improvement project fund.