Alcoa funds to be used for boardwalk
The city of Blaine received a $29,561 check from Alcoa, reported city manager Gary Tomsic at city council�s Monday night meeting.
The funds represent the second and last installment of funds from Alcoa required through an agreement between them and the Bonneville Power Administration, he said, adding they will be used for design and engineering costs for the city�s proposed downtown boardwalk.
The $1.5 million boardwalk, to be built on the western side of Peace Portal Drive between G and H streets, is hoped to be completed next year. According to community development director Terry Galvin, construction will begin sometime this spring.
The first phase of design work was completed by Anvil Corporation in the fall of 2003. Earlier this month, the Carletti group had been approved to complete the second phase of design work, including drawings and structural engineering plans, at a cost of $109,000.
Last year the city received a check for $34,000, and those funds were also used for the project. �In the lean budget years the city has been experiencing, the boardwalk engineering might not have been done were it not for the funds from Alcoa,� said city finance director Meredith Riley.