City and school officials have concluded that the switch to a hot water-based heat distribution system, which accompanied the switch to biomass heat on base last fall, exposed some of the shortcomings of the aging heaters in the dorm.
The prior steam-based heat system compensated for those shortcomings by operating a higher temperature.
Because if we kick this too far down the road, it is not going to happen this year. They were looking at building their own buildings; they are probably not going to do that.But council members opposed to the ordinance took issue with the timing of the lease, in which BLM employees could potentially get full access to the Iditarod Inn before the end of the school year, and the prospect of displacing Galena Interior Learning Academy dorm staffers, who would have to pack up and vacate their rooms before summer break.Council member Brad Scotton, who initially voted to advance the ordinance, offered a way forward: “Maybe go back for a quick renegotiation on some points, and get this at least to where it is introducible, and have a special meeting in about two weeks just to introduce," Scotton advised his fellow council members.The new heat exchangers installed this summer would be designed specifically to work with hot water, according to GCSD Superintendent Chris Reitan.
Reitan told the board that nine contractors have expressed interest in bidding on the project so far, though only one has visited Galena to check out the building.Huntington says the city will request bids from fuel suppliers for bulk rate heating fuel delivered to the tank, and then city-owned fuel trucks will deliver it to city buildings that use independent boiler heating systems, such as the Antoski Road fire hall and the Birchwood dormitory.