Rainy Lake Square on track

Duane Hicks

The Rainy Lake Square is on track to be completed by the month’s end, with a grand-opening celebration to follow on Thursday, Oct. 5.
There’s been a flurry of activity at the site in recent weeks, giving the public a much clearer idea of what the final product will look like.
The concrete retaining walls and curbs are completed in the front three-quarters of the site while the stage foundation is complete, with the forms removed as of Monday, Operations and Facilities manager Travis Rob said at council’s regular meeting that night.
The stage itself has been shipped and is en route, and will be installed as soon as it arrives.
The water bottle filling station is built and operational while five of the six large towers have been installed.
The gabion entry canopy walls located near the front of the site have been built, and the plant beds are backfilled with top soil and ready for plantings (other than those directly around the stage).
The foundations for all of the seatings, the tree grates, and all of the other furnishings are complete while the granular ‘A’ base is being placed, graded, and compacted in preparation for the paving stone work to begin next week.
The anticipated completion date is Sept. 30, noted Rob, which means the grand-opening celebration set for Oct. 5 actually can be held in the square.
Meanwhile, work continues on the 200 block of Second Street East.
The new watermain and sanitary sewer piping has been installed while 14 water and sanitary sewer services have been replaced.
One new fire hydrant also has been installed.
As of Monday, the storm sewer piping is being installed and once that’s done, the watermain will be chlorinated and pressure tested.
A new road bed, curbs, and gutters, and sidewalk will follow in the weeks ahead, with the job to be completed by the end of the month or early October.
Over on Nelson Street, all of the concrete curb and gutter has been placed and the sidewalk installed on the north side of the street.
The boulevards also have been prepped for the placement of top soil and sod.
Bay City has placed, graded, and compacted more than 550 tonnes of granular ‘A’ material across the entire length of the roadway, which is open to local traffic.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:
•agreed to approve the annual per capita request from the Sunset Country Travel Association in the amount of $2,187.63 plus HST;
•received a financial request from the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, with no further action to be taken;
•approved revisions to Policy No. 6.2 (sale of town lands), and directed the Economic Development Advisory Committee be tasked with reviewing the marketing strategy for the industrial park and the property value revitalization program;
•received the Minutes of Settlement for 363 Church St., 333 Third St. W., 335 Third St. W., and 1151 River Rd. W. for the 2017 taxation year (the total financial impact of this is $4,894.03, consisting of a reduction of municipal revenue of $3,816.31 and education revenue of $1,077.72);
•approved purchase card travel expenses, in the total amount of $123.17, as submitted by Fort Frances CAO Doug Brown for his attendance at the Northwestern Ontario CAOs Group Meeting with MPAC and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs held July 4-5 in Thunder Bay; and
•approved a travel expense claim, in the amount of $1,077.24, for Brown for his attendance at the 2017 AMO conference held Aug. 12-17 in Ottawa.