One of the first items dealt with at the Aug. 19, District of Barriere council meeting was the awarding of the contract for the Sanitary Sewer Collection System Construction, phase 1, to LNB Construction Inc. for $3,104,180.75. This represents the lowest tendered bid amount of $3,615,227.15, excluding the fibre optic component and the Barriere Town Road portion from the north end of Riva Ridge to Dixon Creek Road. It also allows for a correction to the pricing for the required generator.
District staff have been directed to work with the contractor to determine the latest possible date for reinstatement of the Barriere Town Road component, should funds become available and to discuss fibre-optic costs.
Council members passed the final adoption of Road Closure Bylaw No. 107, to close a portion of Jackpine Drive/Gilbert Road in the industrial park.
Council members also passed the application for development variance permit DVP-13-01 Baillie/Thalheimer, to reduce the exterior side yard setback from 4.5m to 1.82m for an accessory detached dwelling on Lot 7, District Lot 1483, KDYD, Plan 29023 – 4833 Gilbert Drive.
Reports were received from the fire department for the month of July, and from the building inspection services.
Chief Administrative Officer, Colleen Hannigan reported Argo Road Maintenance, in partnership with the RCMP is planning on sponsoring the location of a speed board in various locations on the highway in school zones the first week of September.
It was also reported that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) will be holding an open house on Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 7-8 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the district offices. Everyone is welcome to attend this open house.
Hannigan also reported that over 200 people attended the Movie Night in the Park fundraiser that was sponsored by Interior Savings (IS), making it a great success. After expenses, approximately $1,150 was raised for the Splash in the Past project. Thank you to IS for bringing this event to Barriere, and for their many staff volunteers who helped organize the event.
The CAO reported they are attempting to maintain the level of Leonie Lake at the top of the concrete abutment surrounding the outlet gate of the dam, while a new gate gasket is being sourced and installed.
There will also be some work done at the radio station in the community, as the tenant will be delineating and leveling space for four parking spaces over the next few weeks.
Hannigan completed her report by stating that the exercise equipment has now been installed at Fadear Park and has already seen use. There are some funds left from the original grant received for the equipment. These funds will be used to train a number of individuals on the use of the equipment, so that they can then show seniors and other interested parties how to correctly use the equipment. The ground around the equipment will be leveled during the next few weeks, and will be reseeded in the fall.
Council members passed a motion to donate the use of a garbage truck for the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo event.
A motion was passed that the District of Barriere will again participate in next year’s Communities In Bloom (CiB) project. Councillor Smith requested council’s approval to try for the CiB Heritage Trophy during 2014. Other events being planned for the 2014 CiB project will be initiating a ‘Best Block’ program, holding a contest to design a commemorative postage stamp, and involving the Elementary students with their heritage fair projects.
The next regular District of Barriere council meeting will be held on September 9, at 7 p.m.