Work nearly done

Staff

Work on Third Street East from Crowe Avenue to Frenette is nearly done.
Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown told town council last night that all the concrete work is completed now, 100 mm of topsoil has been installed behind the curb and gutter, and the granular material has been put down on the road.
Asphalt is scheduled to be completed tomorrow and Thursday while the sod work will be done either next week or the week after.
This job has been done by Tom Veert Contracting, which also has several other projects to complete for the town before Oct. 4.
Brown said they started clearing trees on Olde Shambles Road yesterday and should have a new storm sewer installed there by the end of next week.
They’re also paving the parking lot at the DSSAB building on Scott Street today.
Other work includes five sanitary manholes repairs (including one manhole to be replaced at Third Street East and Armit Avenue), 10 sanitary sewer spot repairs, six hydrant replacements, and six valve replacements.
Over at the Huffman Court subdivision, Wagner Construction installed the curb and gutter last Thursday, and now is packing granular material in front of and behind the curb.
Top soil has been put down and sod will be laid this week. There also will be 37 pine trees planted.
The roads in the area will be paved either late this week or next week.
Makkinga Contracting, meanwhile, still has to address a deficiency in work done last year.
Brown said there is a high point on the east curb in the southwest quadrant of Third Street East and Mowat Avenue that has to be addressed.
He’s hopeful Makkinga will get it done this year.
Also at last night’s meeting, council:
•held a public meeting on the 2015 budget and heard requests from the Fort Frances Lakers, “Meals on Wheels,” and a local resident requesting the town use electronic billing as a cost-savings;
•approved a report noting a fence located at 914 Armit Ave. is in full compliance with the town fence bylaw and that no further action be taken;
•approved a purchase card expense claim for Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig in the amount of $161.50 (this is for travel expenses related to the AMO conference in London, Ont. last month);
•approved a report agreeing to the write-off of five uncollectable customer accounts receivable balances totalling $1,444.79;
•amended the list of signing officers authorized to conduct financial transactions be amended to include new town clerk Elizabeth Slomke;
•accepted, with appreciation, a donation of up to $5,000 from the Rainy River District Stewardship to be used towards bike racks, landscaping, or other environmentally-themed portions of the redevelopment project to be located at 235 Scott St. (old Rainy Lake Hotel);
•endorsed Sister Kennedy Centre’s policies re: purpose and operating values, executive roles, and complaints;
•agreed to abolish term limits for boards and committees appointed by council, and directed that a bylaw be prepared to rescind the appropriate one; and
•approved per diem and travel expense claims for Coun. John Albanese in the amount of $107.40 (for the attending the New Gold office grand re-opening in Emo on Aug. 28).