Blue Lake Hydro expansion survives governor’s veto
June 30, 2011
by Robert Woolsey for KCAW
SITKA, ALASKA (2011-06-29) Considering the recent past, when the previous administration vetoed almost all of Sitka’s capital projects, the community this year will benefit from significant capital spending. Most notably, $28-million dollars budgeted for the Blue Lake Hydro expansion survived.
Other projects in the capital list for Sitka that survived the veto process are:
$125,000 dollars for a heat pump at the Japonski Island Boathouse, submitted by the Maritime Heritage Society.
$30,000 for a renewable energy study at Harrigan Centennial Hall and the Library.
$20,000 for a renewable energy study at the Wastewater treatment plant.
$41,000 for Sitka Cross Trail improvements.
$3 million in Passenger Vessel Fees for a sea walk.
$63,000 for Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and equipment upgrades at KCAW.
$25,000 for facility upgrades at the Sitka Sound Science Center.
$12,600 for a wheelchair lift vehicle at the Swan Lake Senior Center.
$3.5 million for a UV water disinfection facility.
$116,000 for repairs to the Public Health Center.
$475,000 for deferred maintenance at the Sitka Armory.
$500,000 for new overlay at the Rocky Gutierrez Airport. $4 million for Halibut Point Road resurfacing and bridge replacement.
Not including Blue Lake, that amounts to almost $9-million in capital spending in Sitka next year.
The projects that were vetoed in Sitka total $5.6 million. They include:
$2.2 million for improvements to the Nelson Logging Road.
$1.4 million for a vo-tech shelter at Sitka High School.
$2 million for deferred maintenance at Mt. Edgecumbe High School.
And there were some important vetoes elsewhere in Raven Radio communities which share our legislative district:
$300,000 for the Pelican fuel dock.
$75,000 for improvements to the Elfin Cove ferry dock.
However, both these communities will see state money for their hydroelectric projects. Pelican will receive $1.9 million for upgrades. Elfin Cove, $347,000.
Statewide, the governor’s vetoes totaled just over $400-million.