Northeast Town Council Notes

December 17

Green Bush Road tender awarded

On December 12, four tenders were opened for the 2020 work to Green Bush Road. The following companies submitted tenders: Denis Grattan Construction, $738,387.20; Lacroix Construction, $1,090,757.71; JI Enterprises, $627,933.32; Belanger Construction, $1,044,600.25.

CAO Dave Williamson explained that the scope of work was to include ditching, brushing, widening, hard surfacing (chip and tar) and the replacement of about 25 culverts along three kilometres of Green Bush Road. He also noted that the municipality received $434,000 from the province for the work, which was budgeted at $480,000 (with the municipality kicking in the remaining 10 percent).

“All tenders came in above,” Mr. Williamson noted. The CAO said he contacted C2S Engineering and had them evaluate the tenders due to the wide range of figures.

“It can just be a matter of who’s hungry and who’s not,” he said.

Mr. Williamson recommended that council approve the lowest tender for JI Enterprises, explaining that they have worked with the municipality before and calling them “great to work with,” but added that “we’re short a lot of money on it.”

The engineers suggested to Mr. Williamson that the municipality hold off on the hard surfacing this year and hopefully finish the project the following year by adding it to the regular yearly tender for hard surfacing.

“The reality is that they would hire the same company that we would for hard surfacing and then mark it up,” he said.

Councillor Bill Koehler said he didn’t like the idea of cancelling the hard surfacing, suggesting they cancel other hard surfacing jobs that have been scheduled for next year and use the funds for the Green Bush Road project. “It would be nice to get it done.”

Council passed a resolution to accept the JI Enterprises tender with an amendment to remove the amount for hard surfacing.

December 19

Fire Chief’s report

Northeast Town Fire Department Fire Chief Duane Deschamps reported to council that his department had responded to eight calls for service between November 22 and December 19 including fire alarm calls, giving assistance to emergency medical services, a microwave fire, a chimney fire and a multi-vehicle accident on Highway 6.

Community Services report

Reid Taylor, manager of community services, gave a report on the goings on of the rec centre, parks, marina and museum.

He noted to council that the ice schedule is busy with both user groups and private rentals and that the upstairs rooms at the rec centre are being used regularly. The curling club ice is in and the tender for the ice plant upgrade is awaiting bids.

December was a busy month at the arena with minor hockey, MSS hockey, Manitoulin Panthers, Skate Canada Manitoulin, karate, ballet, yoga and Zumba classes, craft and cooking workshops, and indoor walking programs.

Mr. Taylor also noted that the Santa Claus parade was well attended with approximately 20 floats and 200 people in the downtown core. Over 70 children visited Santa, over and above the hundreds of children who received treats along the parade route.

At the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah, the Festival of Trees was well attended with 26 vendors and approximately 150 visitors.

Public Works report

Winter maintenance is well underway with daily monitoring and documentation, said manager of public works Gary May. He explained to council that snow is being removed downtown when required and roads patching done as weather permits.

Mr. May reported that operations are going well at the landfill and that regular maintenance and repairs are being performed as required.

Mr. Williamson told council that the municipality got its Freightliner back from repair to the tune of $9,000. The Northeast Town’s 2009 snowplow has since gone in for repairs.

Building Control Report

2019 was a busy year for building in the Northeast Town, thanks mostly in part to the new Ontario Provincial Police detachment currently under construction. The total value of construction as of December 16 was $1,605,030 with a total building permit revenue of $228,103. 

The Northeast Town has issued seven permits for residential, new; 23 permits for accessory buildings, new; 17 permits for residential, additions and renovations; five permits for seasonal dwellings, new; 12 permits for seasonal dwellings, additions and renovations; two permits for commercial/industrial, new; four permits for commercial/industrial, additions and renovations; one permit for institutional, new; 10 permits for demolition/moving; and 12 permit renewals.