Published June 22, 2016
BY JENNIFER THURBIDE
Residents on Waterfront Rd. will have to wait longer to see major infrastructure upgrades to the roadway, as Municipal councillors voted this week to accept a staff report that recommended increased signage and consideration in the 2017 budget review process.
On May 14 those with houses on the road in question presented concerns with the construction of the roadway and solutions that included realignment, widening the road surface and paving. The group also asked that consideration be given to the installation of water and sewer services.
Infrastructure Development Coordinator Todd Olson told Municipal Councillors on June 13 that in response to the report he conducted a “C” class estimate on the request to obtain a final product that was “reconstructed, graded, culverts, a paved surface and water and sewer” using costing from previous projects of a similar nature.
“Basically we are looking at 1.2 kms of roadway…taking all those factors into consideration it would be $3.2 million to reconstruct that area with water and sewer.”
With only seven houses, the Municipality says that breaks down to approximately $430,000 per household.
Olson recommended Council add eight signs to the roadway for 2016 and review paving options at budget time next year.
“Signage is an important part of a roadway and you can always improve on signage,” he added.
Municipal leaders agreed with the assessment, however, questioned the priority of the roadway in relation to other road infrastructure in the district.
“There are more than seven houses that have terrible systems [in Balmertown] that I know of and I know we can go and find a terrible section in Red Lake too, not to say that Cochenour and McKenzie Island doesn’t have them too,” exclaimed Councillor Carol Baron during the discussion. “I am wanting to know as a Councillor that sits at this table how do you get clout in here to say ‘there is nothing on the budget for this in 2016 but we might jump to the top of 2017.”
Councillor Sandy Middleton questioned why the Municipality has accepted sub-standard roadways in the past.
“I don’t know how this one was built but I suspect that as everyone built a house they rented a tractor and pushed the road to it and this is something that we ended up with. This is something to keep in mind for the future because I am sure there are other roads that will be coming up that people are going to want us to magically look after that we had nothing to do with building them.”