City Council gets update on alpine ski season

By Amanda Williams For The Cordova Times

The Cordova City Council convened this past week to cover a plethora of topics. The Sheridan Alpine Association, treasurer of the board Dave Reggiani and General Manager Dave Branshaw, provided a 2021 season summary. Reggiani spoke about an “epic” season, one of the best they can remember.

“Dave (Branshaw) did a tremendous amount of work up there, and it really looked good,” said Reggiani. Statistics were also shared from the season. The rope tow opened to the public on Nov.12, with a total of 75 days in operation, the lift was operational 42 days, with a grand total of 5 service months ending on April 10, delighting skiers and snowboarders alike up on the ski hill. The Sheridan Mountain Association has 521 members, and 497 season pass holders. A grand total of 430 hours of trail grooming went in to beautifying and keeping the ski hill safe. The new, much needed chairlift cable will total $150,000 in construction costs. The city owns the piece of equipment (chairlift cable) and is anticipated to be replaced well ahead of the next ski season.

“There was lots of interest and lots of participation. There were a lot of young folks learning how to ski. Every day that we could we opened it up,” beamed Reggiani.

A presentation titled “Healthcare in Cordova: Update on strategic cooperation,” was presented by Burt Adams from Native Village of Eyak and other speakers. Adams discussed a proposal put together by a team of professionals regarding health care infrastructure needs.

“One of things we talked about (in a previous city council meeting) was Infrastructure funds through the American Rescue Plan Act and the infrastructure bill, hoping those would produce health care construction funds, of which they didn’t. We kept looking for opportunities for health care construction and letting you guys know, we will continue to track it and when an opportunity comes for us, we will submit for that,” said Adams.

An opportunity via an appropriations proposal through the delegation came available, shared Adams, and with a short turn around put together a proposal.

“We put extensive time in over the last two or three years into healthcare, putting about $500,000 to one million dollars into assessing the buildings and looking at financials,” said Adams. Adams asked city council for a letter of support for the monetary ask.

“It’s the best tool that we know that will provide services that are needed, square footage to provide those services … It’s a baseline start on funding, that’s the intent of the proposal,” said Adams, whom also shared that “several funding sources” will be needed for the health facility.