Infrastructure projects approved

In the 2011 Financial Plan, $250,000 was budgeted for upgrades to storm sewer system infrastructure, including 8,700 metres of ditch enhancements in various locations across the city, the removal and replacement of about 160 metres of culvert in various locations, and the replacement of storm sewer mains, including three concrete manholes and 10 catch basins with leads. A bid was received and approved from Bill Jacobsen Trucking and Excavating to complete all of that work, though the ditching work had to be scaled back significantly by 5,900 metres, or about $155,000, to get the bid within the approved budget.

Shawn Dahlen, deputy director of infrastructure for the city, said the remaining ditching work will be prioritized based on some of the problems that became apparent during the flooding events earlier this summer.

The city is also working on securing provincial funding to complete repair work in the area of 17 Street and 102 Avenue.

Council also approved two borrowing bylaws to allow major roadworks that were identified in this year's capital plan to be completed.

The city will borrow just over $1.7 million to: install an asphalt overlay and curb and gutter where necessary on 17 Street from 94 Avenue up to the Imperial Access Road, and from 108 to 116 Avenues; undertake a sidewalk replacement on the east side of 15 Street from 108 to 111 Avenues; and to pay for the city's portion of intersection upgrades at 13 Street and Alaska Avenue. The provincial government will contribute the other funding necessary to complete the intersection upgrades, which includes the installation of traffic lights that will be tied into emergency response systems to allow for traffic control during emergencies.

Another $804,000 will be borrowed to pay for asphalt overlay, curb, gutter and sidewalk installation on 110 Avenue from Eighth to 13 Streets. The total cost of that work is about $918,000, but the balance will be paid by local property owners through the adoption of a Local Area Service Bylaw.

All the capital projects listed above are expected to be complete in this construction season.