Summer work moving along


Amidst work done over the past month to address the threat of rising waters, summer construction projects also have been underway here.
Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown told town council last night that Tom Veert Contracting has been doing a “total rebuild” of Third Street East from Crowe Avenue to Frenette Avenue since June 9.
To date, about 100 metres of 18-inch sanitary sewer pipe has been installed.
Several new sanitary sewer services also have been hooked up.
Houses in that area are using a temporary watermain.
Nine days of work have been lost due to rain.
Over at Frog Creek Road, 12,904 square metres of wrap of material has been pulverized and laid over the once bumpy road.
Several culverts have to be installed before the road can be surface treated, either later this month or in early August.
On Olde Shambles Road, the storm sewer system is being upgraded.
Meanwhile, shoreline work near Seven Oaks and the Point Park is almost complete.
George Armstrong Co. Ltd. has put about 7,000 tonnes of rock along the shoreline to prevent erosion.
Brown noted the road to the Seven Oaks area remains closed as it needs to be fixed.
As well, part of the sidewalk there will have to be replaced and some landscaping work done where heavy equipment has been working for the past two weeks.
Once the water level goes down, bents and sheet piling will have to be removed from the shoreline, added Brown.
In related news, Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig thanked Brown and his division staff for all the work they’ve done in the past month with the high water event.
He recalled that during the flood of 2002, more than 1,700 homes were flooded with sewage.
But in the years hence, Brown and his staff have worked to prepare for such an event and, in the past month, effectively executed those measures to good effect.
McCaig also lauded Fort Frances Fire Chief Frank Sheppard and local firefighters for co-ordinating the sandbagging efforts, as well as all of the members of the Emergency Management Control Group who have been meeting diligently for the past month.
With the water levels on the decline, McCaig noted the latter are in a “holding pattern” right now but remain alert of any changes in the situation.
Also at last night’s meeting, council:
•authorized the Rainy Lake Triathlon Club to hold its “Splash & Dash” event Aug. 17 at the Point Park (due to the high water levels this year, organizers must do an assessment of the water conditions and debris near the shore and make every effort to ensure participant safety);
•approved a funding agreement with Transport Canada to buy electronic runway condition testing equipment and a runway friction tester at the Fort Frances Airport;
•agreed that the March/April water and sanitary sewer invoice for 215 Scott St. (Mr. Sub) be adjusted downward from a total of 259 cubic metres to 102.24 cubic metres based on an averaging of the last five years;
•approved a purchase card entertainment expense claim for Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig in the amount of $64.27 (this was for a retirement lunch for Glenn Treftlin on June 30);
•approved per diem claims for Couns. John Albanese, Ken Perry, Paul Ryan, and Rick Wiedenhoeft for attendance at the “Medical NAFTA” meeting here July 3 (they each claimed $75);
•approved a per diem claim for Coun. Andrew Hallikas in the amount of $150 for attending a Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association board meeting June 18 in Thunder Bay; and
•approved a per diem claim in the amount of $75 from Coun. Ken Perry for attendance at a local governance networking meeting June 26 in Emo.