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 Mayor Sullivan’s efficiency initiative moves forward 

 CH2MHILL will look for ways to consolidate and streamline MOA’s  operations and maintenance 

7/27/2011 | Contact: Sarah Erkmann 343-7103
Mayor's Office

ANCHORAGE- In an effort to manage The Municipality of Anchorage’s operations & maintenance (O&M) functions in a more efficient and less costly manner, Mayor Sullivan announced today the MOA’s intent to award a contract to CH2MHILL for a thorough assessment of muni operations.

Once work begins, CH2MHILL will be responsible for developing an implementation plan for each O&M function and for prioritizing projects based on anticipated savings. The work will be phased, with the contractor first identifying “quick wins” that would save the MOA money immediately. Once plans are developed, CH2MHILL will present recommendations, estimated implementation timelines, associated costs and benefits to Municipal leaders.

“We’ve looked in every city department for ways to do business better,” said Mayor Sullivan. “Working with an outside organization to take an impartial view of how we could streamline our operations is an important step toward making the city’s many functions more efficient.”

The contractor’s scope of work includes:

FLEET

  • Fleet maintenance: The Fleet Maintenance Section is responsible for acquiring, managing, maintaining, and disposing of more than 1,100 vehicles and equipment units, including police vehicles and heavy equipment for road maintenance.
  • Fleet maintenance for Fire department– In the Anchorage Fire Department, (AFD) there are thirteen engine companies, eight Mobile Intensive Care Units, five truck companies, and five tankers collectively serving as the department's front line emergency medical, rescue, and fire suppression response capability. AFD has its own maintenance shop that maintains all AFD, Girdwood, and Chugiak apparatus and vehicles. AFD maintains a total of 177 units with eight maintenance support staff.
  • Fleet for Public Transportation- The Public Transportation Dept. has 53 fixed route buses (i.e. 40’ People Mover buses), maintained by a staff of 32 maintenance workers.
  • Utility/Enterprise Fleet-  In addition to the property tax-supported functions mentioned above, the Municipality has two utilities (Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility – AWWU and Municipal Light and Power – MLP) as well as three enterprise activities (Merrill Field, Port of Anchorage, Solid Waste Services – SWS) all of which are revenue- supported activities derived from rates charged for services. 
: The Fleet Maintenance Section is responsible for acquiring, managing, maintaining, and disposing of more than 1,100 vehicles and equipment units, including police vehicles and heavy equipment for road maintenance.

FACILITIES

  • Facility maintenance: The Facility Maintenance Section maintains more than 164 municipal buildings and 211 parks. Its maintenance responsibility includes all facets of building maintenance including HVAC, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, welding, painting, graffiti removal, and roofing service.
Facility maintenance:
The Facility Maintenance Section maintains more than 164 municipal buildings and 211 parks. Its maintenance responsibility includes all facets of building maintenance including HVAC, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, welding, painting, graffiti removal, and roofing service.

PUBLIC WORKS

  • Project Management and Engineering (Public Works Department): The Project Management and Engineering (PM&E) division provides scoping, design, engineering, and project management services for road, safety, drainage, and parks and trails projects.  The division is also responsible for updating and publishing design criteria, as well as Anchorage Standard Specifications for municipal infrastructure. 
Project Management and Engineering (Public Works Department):
The Project Management and Engineering (PM&E) division provides scoping, design, engineering, and project management services for road, safety, drainage, and parks and trails projects.  The division is also responsible for updating and publishing design criteria, as well as Anchorage Standard Specifications for municipal infrastructure. 

The MOA provided site tours to prospective bidders in April, which resulted is seven proposals.

CH2MHILL was selected based on its extensive experience in assisting city governments across the U.S. with similar efforts.

 

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