Third St. work on schedule

Duane Hicks

The sewer and water work on the 300 block of Third Street East is cruising along and should be completed on schedule, Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown reported at Monday night’s council meeting.
Starting the week of April 23, Wagner Construction Canada ULC set up temporary water lines, removed the sidewalks, driveway slabs, curbs, and gutters, and installed 96 metres of 18-inch sanitary sewer line.
The following week, the crew installed 110 metres of 18-inch sewer line, 12 metres of 10-inch sewer line, 10.4 metres of six-inch watermain, and one six-inch water valve.
Then last week, they removed one sanitary manhole at the Victoria Avenue intersection, installed 220 metres of watermain, one fire hydrant, and seven sewer and water service lines.
This week, the crew should finish off all the sewer and water services, as well as install the storm sewer.
Next week, granular material will be laid down. Then concrete will be put in the following week before asphalt will be laid down the week after that.
The work should be done before mid-June.
The weather is co-operating so far and the job is progressing well, said Brown, noting that normally these jobs don’t start until after the May long weekend.
Before starting on Third Street, Wagner Construction also “looped” the watermain at the Shevlin wood yard easement between Nelson Street and Church Street.
This job included installing 71.2 metres of six-inch watermain and putting in a hydrant.
In other news, institutional, commercial and industrial (ICI) water customers can expect to get bills in the mail for the new water meters that have been installed over the past year.
Brown said the bills range from $278 to $11,720 for the local public school board.
The town has switched to automatic water meter reading, piggy-backing on the existing smart meter reading system put in place by the Fort Frances Power Corp.
As well, Brown said the town engineering staff recently got a retroreflectometer, which will be used to measure the reflectivity of signs in town.
By law, the town has to annually test the reflectivity of its 3,000-plus signs for safety purposes.
The town also recently purchased two new riding lawnmowers and a sweeper attachment.