Town awards Port Elgin standpipe contract

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Port Elgin is a step closer to getting a new water standpipe thanks to a recommendation approved at the April 23 committee-of-the-whole session.

Amanda Froese, director of infrastructure and development, said the new tower, identified as needed during 2012 budget deliberations, is best suited to the tender submitted by K&L Construction at a cost of $1,986,341 plus HST.

Coun. Dave Myette expressed some hesitation with the revamped project because gas-tax funds are being allocated.

“I understand the need for the standpipe replacement,” he said, but questioned the wisdom of using gas-tax funding since that fund is supposed to benefit all residents of the community.

“I’m questioning the appropriateness,” he said.

Deputy-mayor Don Matheson agreed.

“I have some problems with this project as well,” he said, suggesting perhaps holding off on awarding the contract until the Wastewater Master Plan is completed.

Froese said the specifications for the standpipe will not change regardless of population growth. She noted that holding off could lead to more delays and costs in the long term.

Councillors ultimately agreed to approve the recommendation to award the contract to K&L Construction.

Going to Waste

Saugeen Shores is adding its name to a list of municipalities supporting Ontario’s plan to find ways to reduce waste.

Councillors were told the province is asking municipalities to endorse the plan designed to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills.

Coun. John Rich said the key message is not to recycle but rather to reduce waste by opting to employ strategies like avoiding the purchase of plastic bottles.

“We have to reduce and we have to reuse,” he said.

The province’s discussion paper, issued by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks, outlines several proposals including finding ways to ensure full producer responsibility for waste.

More to Reserve

Saugeen Shores is putting aside an extra $165,000 to its newly created Legacy Reserve Fund.

That decision was made at the April 23 committee-of-the-whole session after Sue Murray, director of corporate services, reported the board of education levy decreased by 5.2 per cent when it was expected to remain flat, resulting in an extra $165,000 that was unallocated.

“I”ll certainly be supporting this recommendation,” said Vice Deputy Mayor Mike Myatt, who noted the fund is on track to reach $10 million by the year 2023.

“That’s a good news story and I just think the Legacy Fund is a just a tremendous reserve fund,” he added.

Keep It Neat

Saugeen Shores is considering sending out friendly reminders to construction companies in light of ongoing complaints about litter and waste straying from construction sites.

Vice-deputy mayor Mike Myatt broached the topic at the April 23 committee-of-the-whole session after receiving a number of complaints about debris.

“I think they need to maintain things a little bit better,” he said.

Deputy Mayor Don Matheson agreed and suggested the town should perhaps look into requiring fencing around larger projects.

“I think it’s a conversation we can and should have,” said Mayor Luke Charbonneau, noting there have also been a number of complaints lodged about dog owners that do not pick up dog waste.

“We have many citizens doing that and they shouldn’t be,” he said. “Every one of us bears responsibility for it.”

During the announcements portion of the meeting, Coun. Cheryl Grace thanked the Southampton Ratepayers Association for its recent all-volunteer beach clean-up campaign.

Hats off to Bantams

Saugeen Shores is giving a tip of its hat to the Remax Land Exchange Bantam Girls Hockey Team.

Deputy-mayor Don Matheson joined Mayor Luke Charbonneau at the April 23 committee-of-the-whole session to present certificates of recognition and pins to members of the team who recently took home the Ontario Women Hockey Association’s provincial championship title.

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