Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017
Waiting on paving
In his CAO report, Brian Vance referred to an item that had come up a week earlier – that of a protruding storm drain fixture at 6th Ave and 6th St. NE. It had been taken for a deficiency from the recent sidewalk repair project, but was left unfinished for a reason, he told council.
“It’s waiting for the fifth and fifth paving,” he said, adding that the drainage from those two streets runs down to the fixture in question and a proper slope to it has to be designed into the repairs on those two streets.
Following on another question from council at the Aug. 15 meeting, Vance said yes, in fact E.G. Wahlstrom School is responsible for sidewalk maintenance alongside its property on Main St. The same as (almost) everywhere else in town.
And speaking of property owner responsibilities, Vance was asked about the dead or dying new sod put in next to repaired sections of sidewalk. Isn’t the contractor obliged to make sure it survives? Vance said he thought it might be the nearby property owners’ responsibility to water it. He said he’d look into it.
Vance’s report was short on details, but says ‘enforcement continues,’ on three vacant properties in town that have been noted for various problems in recent months. One is the Lakeside Motor Inn, which is fenced off and has piles of dirt growing a fine crop of weeds. The demolition project seems to have never got beyond that point.
“Maybe in September,” something is going to happen there, Vance said.
Mayor Warman said from what he’s observed, people have been “pushing through the fence and going in there.”
Council approves ‘occupying space’ permit for downtown Yamaha dealership
Council was asked to consider an application by a prospective light recreational vehicle dealership to occupy space on 2nd Ave. NW. This is the former Slave Valley Motors site. Council had previously approved the zoning change.
The proposal is to set up a Yamaha dealership on the site. Conditions will be placed on the business – including no outside storage and no test-driving of vehicles in town.
The application before council was also for permission to put up signs. The recommendation from the planning department was to approve it.
“This covers all my concerns,” said councillor Julie Brandle. “I truly hope this works out for everyone.”
Mayor Warman echoed those remarks, adding a question: “If we have issues, can we pull the permit early? For example, if they do test driving in town?”
“Yes,” said planning and development director Laurie Skrynyk. “But it would be the last course of action.”
Council passed a Darin Busk motion to approve the permit.
Paving well under budget
Council had no hesitation awarding the contract for paving, sidewalks and curbs on 5th St. and 5th Ave. NE to E Construction for nearly $400,000 under the budget estimate. The bid price was $605,000. The more recent estimate by the engineering firm was $950,000. The initial estimate – and the amount in the 2017 budget for the project, was $1.6 million. This prompted a wisecrack from mayor Warman that if they held off a bit longer it might go down even more.
Explaining the project, town project manager Doug Baird said the sanitary sewer had been replaced in 2009. At that time the centre portion of the roadbed had been rebuilt – meaning it doesn’t have to be done again. The edges will be rebuilt and then the whole thing paved over.
Asked when the work will start and how long it is expected to take, Baird said the contract has to be awarded first, and E will get back to the town on its starting date.
“It’ll take about a month to complete,” he said.
“I hate it when it drags into November,” said councillor Darin Busk.
Pavement patching contract awarded
Council approved the recommendation to award pavement patching work around town to Paveit Construction of Slave Lake. Paveit was the low bidder (by a whisker) on the contract, at $73,500. Council heard that with $110,000 budgeted, and lots more work to do than there is money for, the jobs will be assigned to the contractor until the full amount is used up.
The work to be done includes ‘asphalt skin patches, asphalt patch repair of the town service repairs, as well as work being done and billed back to developers for service connections surface works,’ says the written report by Calvin Couturier.