Tender awarded for Water Street Bridge

Stricter lottery license regulations

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Image Credit: Anyès Kadowaki Busby, The Dusty Victorian

The tender for the rehabilitation of the Water Street Bridge was awarded to McLean Taylor Construction at this week’s Council meeting on Tuesday. McLean Taylor had the lowest bid at $753,156.07 inclusive of all taxes and contingencies. Originally the Town budgeted $588,000 for the project and received $198,450 as a grant. This means that the remainder dollars will be reallocated from the unused portion of what will not be spent for the reconstruction of Emily Street. The plan for Emily Street was changed to only include construction from the proposed Glass Street extension south to the Trestle Bridge with the remained to be done in 2017. During the rehabilitation project the bridge will be closed for a maximum duration of 68 days with completion completed by November 18, 2016. Traffic will be rerouted towards the Wellington Street Bridge during the closure of the Water Street Bridge.

Council also passed a motion to approve a tender to MSO Construction for “tar and chip” in the amount of $71,374.50, including HST. Streets to be done this year include Maiden Lane (at Robinson), Westover Street, Park Lane to Park Street, Victoria St., Wellington St. to Church St., and Glass St. to Carling St.

Under strict regulations, it may take longer to issue lottery licences from the Town. In a report to Council on Tuesday, Trisha McKibbin

Director of Corporate Services outlined the procedures the Town will undertake from now on issuing lottery licences. McKibbin said that only “registered charities” will be issued licences and any group applying must meet all the criteria. One noticeable change will be that “internal” groups at the Friendship Centre will not be able to hold fundraisers such as bingos because the Town can not issue itself a lottery licence. McKibbin said that under the regulations a service group would not be allowed to run such fundraisers for any group on their behalf at the Friendship Centre.

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