Estevan City Council has authorized up to $200,000 from the water and sewer utility budget to repair roads and curbs that have been damaged by water and sewer main repairs.
Council approved the measure at its May 26 meeting. Councillor Lori Carr, in making the motion, noted that some people have been waiting for more than a year for the repairs to occur.
City manager Amber Smale will have authority to delegate and award two separate tenders – one for concrete work and the other for asphalt work – to ensure that repairs are completed this year.
"This will give our City manager the opportunity to go out and tender for the curbing and the asphalt, for all of the asphalt patches that we have around town," said Mayor Roy Ludwig.
Ludwig is optimistic that the tenders will be finalized in two or three weeks. They have had trouble getting the curbing work completed in the past, and until the curbing is finished, asphalt work can't begin.
Other highlights from the meeting were:
*Ludwig presented community volunteer appreciation certificates to individuals who were involved with the Warm Welcome shelter this past winter. The shelter was open nightly from December 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.
*The new committee appointment list for council members was finalized. New Councillor Trevor Knibbs is on several committees. Several new committee appointments for existing members of council were approved.
*Regens Disposal's April report showed that a total of 37,754 kilograms of materials were recycled. The average weight per cart was 11 kilograms.
*Seven building permits, with a total value of more than $1.85 million, were issued in April, bringing the numbers for 2014 to 48 permits with a total value of more than $6.9 million.
*Council approved a temporary pump station, for up to $200,000, as an alternative to provide sanitary sewer services to the properties in the City-owned parcel F subdivision in northwest Estevan. The services are needed for the subdivision to proceed.
*Two tenders were awarded for the water reservoir in northwest Estevan. Small Iron Excavating was awarded a landscaping contract for $15,783, while Rock Solid Landscaping was awarded the irrigation work for $6,420.
*The City manager has been given authority to tender and award the contract for the dust control program, if the tenders come in under budget. Council believes dust control can be completed for less money in-house with the proper equipment and staff resources, but a detailed review must be done first, so dust control will be handled by an outside firm this year.
*Council gave first reading to a bylaw that will rezone a parcel of land in the 1100 block of First Street from low-density residential to medium density. A four-unit row housing project will be constructed on the site.