Paving projects settled for 2021

The Town of Coronation is gearing up to get the rest of this year’s paving out of the way.

Some adjustments highlighted by Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Quinton Flint at the latest council meeting on Mon. Aug. 9 showed how more areas of town could be fixed with an adjustment in funding.

In the 2020-year, council allocated the Municipal Stimulus Program (MSP) grant to continue the work to be done on Diana Lane.

Currently, M&N Energy Service and League Projects Ltd. have been requested to provide the municipality with an updated quote to begin work on these road sections upon approval.

Horseshoe Paving has been in constant contact with the municipality and stated they would be available to start work from the middle to the end of August.

The total scope of work is $220,000 for multiple locations in town.

Sustainability Initiative Capital funds and MSP funding originally allocated to Diana Lane will be used.

The MSP funding was originally allocated to Diana Lane; however, the funding was needed to be approved by council to be moved over to the paving project.

Administration has already contacted Municipal Affairs and requested that the funds be transferred to a new project but are currently waiting for their approval.

“In discussion with Municipal Affairs, they felt it was an appropriate project and were confident there would be no cause for concern,” stated CAO Flint in his business item report to council.

The main purpose for the zones picked out was to prevent further loss of compaction and further damages to the roadways and repair areas that have shown redeveloping potholes and washouts.

The town also requested that speed bumps located at the school be installed, and the paving crew will be installing five-speed bumps located around the school to help reduce speeders and noise complaints.

Although the quote is received, documents will not be released publicly due to FOIP.

The average cost of the project ranged from $2.60 sq./ft. to $3.75 sq./ft. with 20 different locations scheduled to be repaired.

Projects are also being compiled for the 2022 year. Some roads will require a complete rebuilding and others will need to be surfaced.

This would be for various locations on Victoria Avenue but would primarily be focusing on the intersection of Victoria and King Street at Coronation Home Hardware and OK Tire.

Council passed a motion to go ahead with Horseshoe Paving for $220,000.

Counter offer

The Peacocks, Matthew and Chelsea, proposed a counter offer to the town for the purchase of a building and subsequent work within town.

To make the building operational or usable, the building would require a major renovation and updating.

The counter offer requests that council view the building for themselves and to proceed with an inspection of the building.

The 2021 assessment value came to $44,140 for 4905 Royal Street at a size of 2,765 sq. ft.

Council after some talk chose to put the whole of town listings into the hands of local realtor Shelly Creasy to attract people from out of town by making sure properties and lots are advertised appropriately via signage to alert residents and newcomers of the offers available and that deals are done through the proper channels before coming back to council.

If someone chooses to submit a lower bid than the assessed value of a property, the conversation will come back to council for decision.

Council accepted the Peacock’s offer as information.

Condo Association request

The Coronation Condo Association wished to have council hear and discuss the need to repair the parking lot located in the back of the condo building in town and the possibility of having the road in front of the building added onto the paving list as soon as possible.

The road has become quite damaged with more traffic on the road to the campground and the ball diamonds which has prompted the urgency.

The road has seen some bigger potholes this year that would need to be rebuilt in the front were it were to be paved.

Condo fees have also increased by 15 per cent working out to be $36.76 per month making the town’s monthly fee $281.83 per month from $245.07.

For the time being, administration is working on a plan to smooth out the front portion at the building with a power rake and adding in some gravel millings from the paving project to offer a level foundation.

The town is looking at adding in this portion of street to next year’s paving program as money has already been allocated.

Council directed CAO Flint to get a quote for the parking lot portion of the road and moved to accept the condo’s request as information at this time.

Coronation Dam rates reverted

After looking into old campground rates that are still being used by the current campground attendant, administration and council chose to rescind June council meeting’s motion to enact new rates for the campground.

CAO Flint noted that administration could not find current rates in any bylaws or policies which prompted council to look at new ones to implement that better reflect current times and competition numbers.

Since finding the former rates, it was found these numbers were a better fit and more specific when it comes to different voltage prices for serviced sites and weekly and monthly rates that were very comparable to other communities in the region.

The rates are eight years old as they were established when the campground was being redesigned and upgraded to house more sites for people to use.

The older rates are being restored during this camping season.

Sewer line assessment

Administration recommended to council they start to reassess the town’s sewer lines, especially those in areas that are being scheduled for paving or road replacements.

Many of the locations that would require new sewer lines can be pipe bust to reduce the total cost of replacing asphalt.

However, it would be important to know the locations where any significant pre-placement of sewer lines was required to prevent paving in those areas.

With newer technology, and depending on the state of the sewer lines, it might be possible to begin pipe bursting sewer lines that are showing signs of damage.

This could then be scheduled along with road work.

“We hope to do the least amount of road removal but still ensure that the sewer lines are in good working order. Water lines can also be inspected to reveal their conditions as well,” stated CAO Flint.

The town would benefit from conducting a sewer assessment, which would allow staff to understand and focus only on sewer lines that are in rough shape.

“This would allow us to target those sewer lines that aren’t fully collapsed or in not terrible shape so that we can burst them instead of having to dig up the road. 

“It would be a lot cheaper and quicker and that way we can stay on top of sewer line issues instead of trying to chase them,” said CAO Flint.

Administration offered an alternative of purchasing a new sewer line camera to conduct the assessment of the lines as it can be more cost effective by requiring public works to camera each line in town but the cameras range from $15,000 to $60,000 depending on the type.

From public works’ perspective, not many water lines are in dire need of attention but sewer lines, on the other hand, are.

Council noted that record keeping is important for both current and future staff.

The councillors passed a motion to put a tender out for the sewer lining infrastructure by the end of September 30.

Joining ISDAB

Coronation is officially one of the newest members to the Intermunicipal Subdivision and Development Appeal Board after a bylaw was passed to do so.

Coun. Jackie Brigley was appointed to the board as she already has training completed and CAO Flint can join in as a clerk so both can be called on in case of a hearing.

“I’m recommending we join Palliser [Municipal Services] at this point because it’s better to have your city planners that are dealing with these types of development permits and stuff already,” said CAO Flint.

“They are helping with issues so they have a way better knowledge or way more in-tune to what we can and can’t allow even in our own municipality – that’s their job. So having them control the SDAB is more beneficial than us trying to create our own and then trying to get regional people to join it.”

The Regional SDAB has a more unbiased approach to settling disputes for development permits denials and ensures that all individuals on the board are trained to handle development permit appeals and disputes and come from all over the province versus regionally.

Council asked if any additional funding was needed to join but CAO Flint shared that the costs are already included in the annual municipal fees given to Palliser.

Coronation is now one of 26 other municipalities on this board.

“It’s a win-win,” added Coun. Shelly Cook.

 

Terri Huxley

ECA Review

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