New Superintendent at public works
The City of Homer has hired new public works superintendent Richard Hill to replace Jan Jonker who recently retired. His first day at work was Tuesday. Hill spent many years with the Nevada Department of Transportation as a superintendent for highways. His experience is well suited for this position said City Manager Walt Wrede.
State’s gas prices fall
Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have fallen 2.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.99/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 398 gas outlets in Alaska. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.57/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 9.9 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 0.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 9.5 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 16.6 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
Rotary Health Fair Nov. 2
Applications are now being accepted to exhibit at the annual Rotary Health Fair, set for 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Homer High School. The purpose of the fair is to promote individual wellness and provide free and inexpensive information and screenings related to health. The theme is “It’s Your Life … Take a Day to Be Well.”
Exhibitors are invited to provide learning centers, screenings, information, demonstrations or interactive activities related to health. No sales are permitted at the fair. Booth space is free and the deadline to reserve a space is Sept. 20, 2013. Visit www.sphosp.org for additional exhibitor information and an application, or call 235-0397. The fair is sponsored by Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club in partnership with South Peninsula Hospital.
Cub Scout Pack 555 New Cub Registration
Cub Scout Pack 555 invites boys in grades 1-5 to join the pack Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. sharp at Paul Banks Elementary. This is for new cubs only. Contact Cubmaster Bob Romanko at 235-9422 for more information.
Public Disaster Preparedness Conference
Come find out from 3-7 p.m. Sept. 20 at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center about how to prepare your family or small business for disasters. Learn what the threats are for Homer and the surrounding area. Gather information from the experts and learn how to put together a plan to survive the next big earthquake. Learn how to protect your home from wildfire. Learn how those with functional needs prepare for a disasters. Understand the role that local media play in disaster preparedness and response. Learn what an 8.0 earthquake feels like in the new Quake Cottage. See the Kenai Peninsula Borough Mobile Command Center. Highlights are:
· Quake Cottage earthquake simulator
· How to prepare for disaster if you have special needs or know someone who does
· What is the risk of tsunami in Kachemak Bay
· How can you protect your small business and recover quickly following a disaster
Sponsored by Homer Volunteer Fire Department, Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Kenai Peninsula Office of Emergency Management. Contact: Bob Painter, Homer Volunteer Fire Department at 235-3155 for more information.
Enstar reports that the pipeline purge which occurred on Friday was successful. This means that the main trunk line from Anchor Point is now filled with gas all the way to the High School and the Methodist Church. The next step is to start purging the smaller main lines in the distribution system. Once that occurs, people can start hooking up. UTI reports very good progress on the distribution system. They plan on bringing in a second crew soon and will be working right up to the holidays if weather permits. Enstar has started preliminary survey and permitting work on Phase II, according to the City of Homer website.
Homer area natural gas pipeline construction update for August 19, 2013:
The Homer Trunk Line from Anchor Point School to the intersection of Fairview Avenue and East End Road in Homer was successfully energized by crews from Chumley’s Inc. and ENSTAR on Friday, August 16. A survey of the entire energized section was conducted during the weekend with no abnormal conditions found. Neighborhoods that have distribution main and service lines installed can now begin the process of purging and energizing those pipelines. This process is expected to begin the week of September 2, and continue for two to three weeks.
ENSTAR wants to remind residents of the Homer area that during the purging process the smell of natural gas, the “rotten egg” smell, will be present as crews purge the lines to remove all air and bring the gas concentration up to 100%. This is a normal and accepted industry practice that is completely safe as natural gas immediately rises and disperses into the atmosphere. Once the distribution main and service lines have been energized in each neighborhood, residents can begin switching over their services to natural gas.
Homer Trunk Line:
Chumley’s Inc. crews are concentrating their efforts on the final sections of the Trunk Line along East End Road and will continue there through the end of the project. Boring crews are at work in the areas of Meadow Drive, Alder Road, and further east along East End Road near Mariner Drive to complete sections where bores are required. A Chumley’s tie-in crew continues to work along the far end of East End Road from Kachemak Drive to the end of the project completing tie-ins of the bored and trenched sections. A third Chumley’s crew is working south along the Old Sterling Highway towards Homer, completing final grading, cleanup, and seeding of the right-of-way.
Homer Distribution System:
Crews from UTI are continuing work on the 4-inch distribution main along Ocean Drive and will move to the start of the Spit once that work is complete. Crews will then complete the short section that runs out to the east end of Kachemak Drive. Another UTI crew is finishing up the west end of Pioneer Avenue tying in the 4-inch distribution mains to the Trunk Line before moving over to East End Road to complete tie-ins from Lake Street. UTI boring and trenching crews in the Bonanza neighborhood have approximately two weeks of work left before they move on to the north side of Pioneer to complete connections in the downtown core. Additional boring and trenching crews at work in the Ben Walters neighborhood will finish up this week before moving over to Pennock Street and Lakeshore Drive.
Kachemak Distribution System:
With work on the Kachemak City distribution system essentially complete, the crew from Clark Management has focused efforts on completing the remaining tie-ins across East End Road to the Trunk Line and have moved to the Old Sterling where they will begin installing and hooking up service lines to the Trunk Line.
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