48 Ave bridge under budget
The bridge on 48 avenue that will begin construction in the fall after the winning bid came in $1.127 million under budget. Ryan Stelter/ Camrose Canadian
The 48 Avenue bridge project is having its budget reduced. Jeremy Enarson, the director of Engineering at the City of Camrose said the contractor’s bids came in lower than anticipated. Instead of a budget of $8 million, it has been proposed to have the budget be reduced to $6.7 million. That leaves $1.127 million in grant funding that could be used for other capital priorities. Construction is due to start in the fall, with plans to have it done by the end of August 2018.
Council provides funds for next generation 911
Camrose City Council passed a motion at their July 4 meeting to provide $52,000 in funding for a next generation 911.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has required all telephone service providers to update their networks to provide “Next Generation” services such as text messaging, chats, social media, picture messaging to replace phone calls. The money will be used to upgrade the current analog system in Camrose, the changes will be done by late October.
Ohaton water line agreement to be reopened
City council reached out to Camrose County regarding the Ohaton water line. The water line is mainly for residential use but the City is looking to work out an agreement with the County to see if there is the possibility of commercial use. Right now there is no deal in place to deal with that, and the City wants to get some kind of tax revenue sharing with the County. During the July 11 Camrose County Council meeting it was brought forth but the County said they want to do a bit more digging on the subject before starting to negotiate.
County awards gravel contract
Camrose County Council has awarded a gravel crushing contract to McDonald Aggregates for the tender price of $695,500 for 70,000 cubic meters of modified spec 4:20 gravel and 30,000 cubic meters of 4:30 specification gravel at Dried Meat Lake pit. The funding will come from taxation as part of the 2017 Public Works operating budget.