Mayor Roy Ludwig says that a cease and desist order from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission – due to a nuclear device commonly used in road construction – likely stems from documentation.
Speaking after the September 9 meeting of Estevan City Council, Ludwig said when using a nuclear device, the City has to be stringent on paperwork, and the City wasn't as meticulous as it should have been.
The commission said it found 16 safety violations involving a nuclear density gauge when it inspected a work site in Estevan in late August.
"Our City engineer is going over the shortfalls, and where we fell shy of our commitments to this machine, and we will be taking the proper training if necessary to make sure this will not happen again," said Ludwig.
It was purchased in this year's City budget for $68,000, and it has been used on such projects as the Highway 47 rebuild. Ludwig said they can bring in contractors and their equipment to tackle projects the machine would have handled.
The machine won't be put into service until after discussions with federal representatives.
He doesn't know if the City will be fined.
Other highlights from the meeting:
*Certificates of appreciation were presented to several different organizations that were involved with the Warm Welcome shelter this past winter.
*The provincial government has supplied an additional $328,155 in funding for the rebuild of Highway 47 through the northern half of the community. The province initially committed about $1.35 million, but now they'll supply $1,678,155, which is 50 per cent of the project's eligible costs. City manager Jim Puffalt said the rebuild is on schedule, and the bulk of the work should be finished before the end of the month.
*The City has approved a line of credit increase from $5 million to $7 million. While there isn't an immediate cash crunch, City treasurer Jeff Ward said it would be beneficial, since they have to front Highway 47 costs, and then wait for provincial funding.
*Eleven permits with a total value of more than $1.4 million were issued in August, bringing the total number for 2013 to 89 permits worth $24.2 million.
*The City has approved the development serving agreement with Essex Developments for the new subdivision in northwest Estevan.
*Council has agreed to sell 18 acres of land to 1052465 Alberta Ltd. for more than $1.13 million. The land is located east of the Estevan Wal-Mart, and it could be home to a large commercial project, a restaurant, a strip mall and more.
*Second and third readings were given to a bylaw to rezone 1805 Third Street so that it can accommodate a duplex project.
*First reading was given to a bylaw to rezone a property at 303 Kensington Avenue into a commercial area so that a 119-room hotel can be constructed. Members of council did voice concerns with the project's location and the traffic increases it will create.
*Spectra Place's concession will be upgraded from the current tills to a more modern Halo point-of-sale system at a cost of $21,800. It is expected to result in faster, more efficient and more accurate service.
*The purchase of a new bio-solids processing building for the waste water treatment plant will be tabled until next year's budget. The quote for the project was $1.74 million, which was nearly triple the budgeted amount of $600,000. Equipment will cost another $400,000. Manager Kevin Sutter said the building is needed, but the quoted price means it won't happen this year.