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Council winnowing capital budget

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Road reconstruction, an aviation fuel truck, and a new grader are among the items council will be keeping in the 2009 capital budget while coffee room upgrades, a heated rink shack, and surface treatment for several outlying roads have been left on the cutting room floor.

In the committee of the whole’s second special meeting on the 2009 held Monday, the following items (listed with their total cost, and the town’s share of that cost if the project is being partially paid for through a grant or trust fund), were approved:

•Portage Avenue underpass reconstruction project (carryover from 2007)—$684,593/no cost to town;

•Portage Avenue underpass reconstruction (new pumphouse foundation, new storm sewer forcemain, project extras, and railway pipe crossing)—$400,000 to be fully paid by town;

•Phase I of the reconstruction of Scott Street, east of Minnie Avenue to Colonization Road East and Front Street—$1,212,500/town’s share is $121,250;

•sidewalk reconstruction on Scott Street, east of Minnie Avenue to Colonization Road East and Front Street—$157,659 to be fully paid by town;

•Phase I of the reconstruction of Portage Avenue, Nelson Street, and Victoria Avenue—$2,655,305/town’s share is $436,991;

•sidewalk reconstruction on Portage Avenue, Neslon Street, and Victoria Avenue—$135,625 to be fully paid by town;

•replacement of a 1988 (E204) grader—$290,000 to be fully paid by town;

•replacement of a 1969 fuel aviation truck (mandated to take the existing truck out of service by Jan. 1, 2010)—$80,000 to be fully paid by town;

•upgrade to traffic control systems at King’s Highway/McIrvine Road and King’s Highway/Keating Avenue—$40,000/town’s share is $4,000;

•GIS equipment and mapping—$8,000 to be fully paid by town;

•Public Works small equipment purchase (tools, steamer)—$8,000 to be fully paid by town;

•small equipment replacement (small mowers and whipper-snippers for the cemetery)—$4,000/from cemetery trust fund;

•computer equipment—$2,000 to be fully paid for by town;

•upgrades to the Caul bridge (replacement of timber curb/barrier and approach guide rails)—$122,000/town’s share is $100,000;

•streetlight pole replacements–$5,000 to be fully paid by town;

•replace a 1988 Dodge Ram compact truck—$18,000 to be fully paid by town;

•waterfront dock repairs and replacement—$20,000 to be fully paid by town; and

•an engineering study regarding traffic control lights along King’s Highway near the Webster Avenue intersection—$5,760/town’s share is $576.

Items cut from the 2009 capital budget included:

•replacement of a 1994 Ford Aerostar survey van—$35,000;

•modifications to the recycling transfer station—$300,000/town’s share would be $150,000;

•’gator for cemetery maintenance—$13,000/from cemetery trust fund;

•upgrades/enlarge the Public Works staff room—$15,000 to be fully paid by town;

•purchase of a salt/sand storage building—$250,000 to be fully paid by town;

•purchase of a new brush cutting attachment for a Hyundai backhoe—$36,000 to be fully paid by town;

•upgrades for the Operations and Facilities engineering department’s and manager’s offices—$36,000 to be fully paid for by town; and

•a heated rink shack for the North End rink—$45,000 to be fully paid for by town.

Surface treatments for Frog Creek Road and Oakwood Road also were cut mainly due to the fact the town does not have a Boundary Road maintenance agreement with the Township of Alberton.

A couple of items put on the “maybe” list included a Xerox plan paper copier ($15,000) and a repainting the interior of the Lions’ Club fountain ($6,000).

The former still may be provided arranged through a lease instead of purchase while the latter will be discussed with the Fort Frances Lions Club.

Community Services manager George Bell said the town will be repainting the interior of the pool this summer, and that perhaps the town could realize some savings by using the same paint to the interior of the fountain.

The next special committee of the whole budget meeting will be held Monday, March 2.

While it originall was slated for Tuesday, Feb. 17, council elected to wait until March because it needs time for tenders to come in for projects like the Fort Frances Library and Technology Centre and Phase II of the Heritage Tourism Project, as well as to get 2009 levy information from the Rainy River DSSAB.

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