I GA Road scheduled for upgrade
By Chad Ingram
Published Dec. 7, 2017
The following are brief reports of items discussed during a Nov. 30 meeting of Minden Hills council.
Council awarded the contract for consulting and engineering services for the reconstruction of IGA Road to Tulloch Engineering for approximately $48,600, plus HST. IGA Road connects Bobcaygeon Road to Dollo's Foodland. The plan is for the survey work to be completed before snowfall and buildup interfere. The project will include the addition of a sidewalk along IGA Road.
Highway water main
The township will hire C.C. Underground to install a new water main along Highway 35, between the Haliburton Highlands OPP detachment and the Valumart grocery store.
As a report from property and environmental operations manager Ivan Ingram explained, “Several years ago, staff applied to the Ministry of Transportation for a permit to replace the waterline at the Valumart on Highway 35. The permit was received on Oct. 23, 2017, to allow the work to begin.While staff was waiting for the permit to be issued, the Minden Motel began having issues with the water service. Staff determined that the line to the motel had been crushed and required replacement. Valumart and Minden Motel are both having the same issues with water service, and staff recommended a new two-inch service line from the six-inch water main at the OPP office on the south side of the highway in order to avoid the expense of boring under the highway to repair the crushed lines, and avoid any future issues.”
C.C. Underground was the only company to attend a mandatory site visit that was part of the request for proposals process, and as a result, it was recommended the project be sole-sourced to the company, for a total of approximately $62,300, including taxes.
The township will purchase an ultra-violet treatment system to be installed at the Minden Hills wastewater treatment plant.
The municipality successfully applied for some funding through the federal government's Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and the federal government will cover $50,000 of the $112,500 cost for purchase and installation, the provincial government $25,000. The township's share, the remaining $37,500 will come from the wastewater reserve, pending a departmental surplus.
The township will sole-source the purchase of the equipment.
“On behalf of the township, Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) completed a design plan for the purchase and installation of a UV system in the filter room at the
Wastewater treatment plant,” reads a report from property and environmental operations manager Ivan Ingram. “OCWA recommends the purchase of a Trojan unit, which are currently being utilized by
OCWA in many other plants in the Minden area (the City of Kawartha Lakes as an
example) and have proven to be very effective and easy to maintain. OCWA maintains
a current inventory of spare parts include sensors, bulbs and sleeves and are readily available
should the need arise.”
According to the report, H2Flow is the only supplier of Trojan units in Ontario.
Additional fire hall costs approved
Council approved $115,000 in additional expenses for the new fire hall, under construction along Highway 35. More than $40,000 was spent on the excavation of soil and the hauling in of engineered soil during the construction of the building’s foundation, after it was discovered the soil on-site was not suitably load-bearing,
Other costs include $5,000 for a washer and dryer for bunker gear; $13,000 for IT infrastructure, including a wall-mounted 75-inch television to be used for training purposes; $23,000 for furniture including desks and chairs for the building’s conference room and offices; $30,000 for an electronic sign outside the fire hall; and $20,000 in contingency funds.
Financing of the unbudgeted expenses will be deferred to council's 2018 budget deliberations.