Museum building renovation on Ketchikan City Council agenda

Ketchikan City Council will vote on hiring Dawson Construction as the contractor for renovating Centennial Building, which houses the Tongass Historical Museum. (KRBD file photo)
Ketchikan City Council will vote on hiring Dawson Construction as the contractor for renovating Centennial Building, which houses the Tongass Historical Museum. (KRBD file photo)

During its regular meeting Thursday, the Ketchikan City Council will consider a couple items related to the Centennial Building renovation.

Renovation designs are complete for the city-owned building, which houses the Tongass Historical Museum and city Museum Department offices, and the council will vote on hiring Dawson Construction as the contractor for the project.

The appropriated budget for the project was $979,000, but Dawson’s bid came in at just over a million. The only other bidder was BAM LLC, with a bid of $1.45 million.

With the traditional contingency for unexpected expenses, the suggested contract with Dawson would be $1.25 million. City Manager Karl Amylon suggests that the balance be made up through the Public Works Sales Tax reserve fund.

Also on the agenda is a motion to appropriate $7,000 to buy museum shelving and packing supplies to store exhibits during construction. The shelving would be kept and used in the renovated museum space.

Two executive sessions are on Thursday’s agenda. The first is for the council to discuss legal strategies related to the city’s demolition of the Bawden Street Apartments building; the second is to discuss the city’s lawsuit against Joseph Machini, who owned a building next to the downtown tunnel that burned and was demolished by the city.

Thursday’s city council meeting starts at 7 p.m. in city council chambers. Public comment will be heard at the start of the meeting.

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