The tender has been awarded to replace the Gut Bridge in Carbonear. Council hopes work on the long overdue project can get off the ground in April.
BY BILL BOWMAN
During the Jan. 25 regular council meeting, council ratified a motion, which had been passed at a Jan. 13 privileged meeting, “to award the tender to Newfound Construction for the Gut Bridge upgrading project.” The tender is contingent on “prior confirmation that Newfound Construction will complete the project for the tender price of $952,929.”
The motion also calls for the construction firm to be prepared to begin the project as early as April, weather permitting.
“It’s time to get this done,” said mayor Sam Slade, referring to the Gut Bridge project.
Council also adopted the minutes of the Jan. 13 privileged meeting at their Jan 25 regular meeting.
Privileged meeting motions ratified
Council ratified some motions, which had been passed at a Dec. 21 privileged meeting
One resolved that the town issue a cheque to an insurance claimant in the amount of $888.24 as recommended by Lombard Canada.
Council ratified a motion to pro- ceed to complete the floor repairs to the west side of the Princess Sheila Building.
The town decided to donate $2,500 to the Canadian Cancer Society, Daffodil Place Campaign.
Council decided to award the tender for the chlorination system upgrading to Southern Construction.
The $101,135 tender is subject to approval of additional funding for the project from the provincial department of Municipal Affairs.
Council passed a motion to approve the borrowing of $94,823 - the municipal share of funds for the Highroad South/Chapel Hill street upgrading and paving project. The money will be borrowed from Scotiabank over a 10-year period at an interest rate of prime plus 0.75 per cent.
The project was one of the items covered in the town administrator’s report.
The town also decided to participate in the Household Hazardous Waste Program with MMSB ( Multi Materials Stewardship Board for 2010 at a cost of 45 cents per capita for a total of $2,125.35 plus HST.
Cynthia Davis confirmed the funds are included in the 2010 Budget for this purpose.
Coun. Gladys Mercer noted, “this is a very important aspect of waste management.”
And council passed a motion giving the mayor or deputy mayor and the town administrator or town clerk authority to sign an indenture confirming the sale of land by the town acquired from a tax sale in 1988.
Brian O’Grady, director of operations and public works advised council the cost of a component for the motor controls in the Woodwynd Heights pump house is $1,125.
Council passed a motion to approve the purchase of the component at the cost of $1,125 plus HST and shipping.
Council also passed a motion to award the tender for the purchase of two trucks to the lowest bidder, The Royal Garage Ltd.
Canada Day funding
Recreation Director Rob presented an application for $2,000 for the Canada Day Celebrations as completed by the Special Events Committee.
Council passed a motion authorizing Dianne Butt, chairwoman of the Carbonear Special Events Committee to submit a funding request to the department of Canadian Heritage under its Celebrate Canada Program for organizing activities to celebrate Canada Day.
Council passed a number of motions based on recommendations from the finance, administration and human resources committee.
The town will set aside a reserve fund from retained earnings for 2009 in the amount of $16,361.72 ($14479.40 plus HST) to renovate the washroom off the main lobby and the change rooms at the rear of the Carbonear Pool building.
The town will purchase sound equipment for the Rorke Museum from C. B. Music Centre at a cost of $6,369.31 the lowest of three quotes obtained.
Council approved $150 toward the cost of a new flag for the Carbonear Guide and Scout movements.
Under Section 137 of the Municipalities Act, 1999 council passed a motion to issue a notice to the property owner of Account No. 13084 of the outstanding taxes owing on the property. Council will further advise that the subject property is liable to be sold under the Municipalities Act, 1999 for the arrears, with interest and the expenses of and incidental to the arrears unless the taxes are paid within 60 days from the date of the notice.
Council decided to donate $500 to the Hope for Haiti fund.
Council passed a motion to approve for payment the list of capital expenditures totalling $171,547.77.
Council approved for payment a list of invoices totalling $5,851.02.
Chaired by mayor Sam Slade, the Jan. 25 regular council meeting was attended by deputy mayor Ches Ash and councillors, David Kennedy, George Butt, Betty Forward, Ed Goff and Gladys Mercer.