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Council making changes to truck route

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Estevan City Council is going to add a few more roads to the list of where heavy trucks aren't allowed to travel.

Council passed a motion at its May 5 meeting to ban non-local trucks from four roads: Fourth Avenue from Fourth Street to the south city boundary; Sixth Street from Second Avenue to Kensington Avenue; Alice Road from Woodlawn Avenue to the city's west boundary; and Woodlawn Avenue from Alice Road to the south city boundary.

Council is worried about the impact that heavy trucks have on the City's infrastructure, particularly Fourth Avenue South, which was resurfaced less than two years ago.

A bylaw change will have to be approved before the changes can take effect.

Other highlights from the meeting were:

*The Estevan Family Resource Centre will receive a $10,000 grant from the City. The centre had been seeking $20,000, but council's financial constraints prevented a funding increase.

*The Souris Valley Museum won't receive a funding increase, either. The organization was allocated $128,500 in this year's budget, which is $5,000 less than in 2013, because this year's grant does not include ground and building maintenance money.

*KGS Group will complete an assessment of Estevan's water system for $12,500. The City is legally required to have the assessment completed every five years.

*Parking will be eliminated along the southern curb for the 1200 block of Sixth Street.

*The City suffered about a $16,000 loss from the Travis Tritt concert in March. Part of the shortfall stemmed from a lack of ticket sales, as 1,000 tickets were needed for the City to break even. There were 963 tickets sold, and 40 of those were complimentary tickets. But there were also over-budget and unexpected expenses, including back-up generators that were needed after two power failures in Estevan earlier in the day. Council hopes that a donation will allow them to recover the generator expenses.

*A request from Century 21 Border Real Estate to purchase a bench along King Street was tabled. Century 21 would have purchased the bench, and paid a monthly fee to rent to the space, but council would prefer to have businesses rent the benches. Council wants to know how many benches there are in the city, and how much revenue they could generate from rentals.

*City manager Amber Smale reported that street sweeping is underway in the arterial roads. It will eventually move into the residential areas. Hot mix for potholes is now being poured on the arterial roads.

 


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