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Cordova City Minute provided by Laura Cloward, Information Services Director, City of Cordova
Cordova City Minute July 21, 2014
After years of planning, the 25-million dollar Cordova Center will soon be a new landmark for Cordova. The City Council unanimously approved the Phase II budget at a recent meeting and on July 17th, the city issued a Notice to Proceed to Dawson Construction. Cordovans can expect to see renewed site activity in the next few months.
The state appropriated 4 million dollars to the project during the last legislative session. Fundraising efforts will now focus on the final 3 million dollars needed to finish the project.
The Cordova Center is a 34-thousand square foot, accessible multi-use facility. Once completed it will host City offices, Library, Museum, and a conference center capable of hosting up to 200.
With the positive City Council action and fundraising progress, Cordova’s City Manager is firmly convinced the project will be completed by the summer of 2015.
Find more information about The Cordova Center at www.cityofcordova.net.
Cordova City Minute to start May 8th.
After many years of successful runs with the Juried Art Show Fish Follies, the Cordova Historical Society and Museum is switching over to another popular Cordova natural – birds. This years’ invitational art show, “The Painted Bird,” captures the regional theme. You’ll enjoy seeing entries from your Cordova neighbors and other invited artists.
“The Painted Bird” will also feature a Paula Payne Wallpaper Series – Shorebirds – polyptik. They are egg tempera paintings in a five panel series. The series was purchased through a grant from the Rasmuson Art Acquisition Fund, which provides grants for Alaska museums to purchase current work by practicing Alaskan artists. The program helps support living, practicing Alaskan artists through museum purchases and enhances the permanent art collections of Alaskan museums. Cordova is fortunate to benefit from the Rasmuson Foundation’s generosity.
“The Painted Bird” will be on exhibit in the Library Meeting Room during May, June, and July of 2014.
March 30: Your property assessment is an important number because it’s what the City uses to calculate your City property taxes. Each year, the City hires an independent contractor to assess your property in accordance with Alaska State law, determining the market value as of January 1st of the assessment year. According to the law, market value is the estimated price that the property would bring in an open market under the current market conditions. Once all properties are assessed, your City Council certifies the final assessed value of all real property in the city and, by resolution, sets a fixed tax rate, also called a mill rate, by June 15th. Tax bills are mailed by July 1st to property holders. If you own property, your taxes are due in tow installments – the first hald due August 31st and the second half by October 31st of each year. More information can be found on the City’s website at www.cityofcordova.net
March 3: to better service our customers, the City is asking all residents to place their trash cans at the curb or roadside on their designated pick-up day. This way, the crews will know you have refuse to be picked up. For those residents who use “houses”, “boxes”, or other structure to store their garbage cans in between pick-ups, you will have to remove your cans on pickup day and place them on the curb or roadside to be picked up. This is a change to current practices – it will speed up the routes and minimize the time household trash is exposed to foraging animals. Beginning March 24th cans not placed at the curb or roadside will be passed by. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Refuse Department at 424-5600