Electrify the Mountain contracts awarded

Kimberley City Council report

From Nowell Berg

On November 22nd, the Kimberley City Council held its regular bi-monthly session.

Councilors Kyle Dalum, Kent Goodwin, Nigel Kitto, Jason McBain and Darryl Oakley were present along with Mayor Don McCormick. Count. Sandra Roberts participated via video conference.

The press and the public were not present. The meeting was broadcast live on the city’s YouTube channel. Take a look at the archive Here.

Trail update

“We had a fantastic year. We are proud of the projects we have completed, ”said Ryan McKenzie, GM of the Kimberley Trails Society.

In its annual report to the council, McKenzie noted that the company was able to hire seven crew members over the summer to work on “project maintenance and construction.”

A key element of the trail infrastructure is the installation of an aluminum bridge over Mathew Creek, which connects the “Nature Park to the bootleg connection to the TransCanada Trail”. Volunteers and trail crew worked to build a section of the boardwalk through an area of ​​the nature park that was covered in lots of wet, muddy soil. Part of the summer’s work was also a full inventory of the Kimberley trails.

McKenzie reported that trail crews spent 2,656 hours on trail projects. This was supported by “more than 700 volunteer hours” that were “limited” due to the pandemic.

Electrify the Mountain routes were “tagged” and two trail building contracts (valued at $ 331,888) were awarded to “very good long-time trail builders”. You will do a fantastic job fulfilling all of the goals of the Electrify the Mountain project. ”Starr Trail Solutions was awarded a contract for $ 96,813 and Lifetime Outdoor for $ 235,075.

Count. Roberts praised McKenzie and his team for the “trail inventory”.

She asked McKenzie how many miles of hiking trails there were because she thought our city had “more miles of hiking trails than roads”. He responded with 180 km of trails.

Chief Administrative Officer Scott Sommerville said e-KNOWLEDGE that Kimberley has “81 km of paved roads and 18 km of unpaved roads”. Mayor McCormick said in an email that a “rough estimate” of the total length of the ski slopes would be 120 km.

Financial report and procurement update

Chief Financial Officer Jim Hendricks gave the council an overview of the city’s financial performance for the first three quarters of 2021.

In terms of revenue, parks and facilities have declined due to “pandemic closings”.

Hendricks also noted that fire department revenues fell because “fuel management projects” were hit by the hot, dry summer and “the job was not done”. Funding was therefore not received.

Hendricks summarized: “Nothing really stands out in this report that worries me at this point.”

Regarding the additional work being done as part of the annual road rehabilitation program, Mayor McCormick said, “I’ve heard all over town about work being done on roads this year. It was noticed. “

Hendricks added that $ 692,000 was spent on road repairs last summer.

The city’s other major acquisitions this year include:

Tandem axle dump truck – $ 242,316;

Roadside Recycling Collection Truck – $ 239,424;

Field mower – $ 34,808.

Buying a fire truck

As part of the adjustments to the five-year financial plan, CFO Hendricks noted that the most important change was the removal of new parking spaces for the fire department.

Fire chief Rick Prasad said his original plan was to “get the cart into the core where it should be”.

This would require new truck parking spaces in Fire Station 1 to accommodate the height of the ladder cart and “reduce the need to buy bespoke fire trucks that fit into the current bays”.

Hendricks noted that the initial cost estimate to purchase a new fire truck was $ 600,000, but the final grand total was $ 1.3 million. As a result, the city council is proposing to buy a “bespoke” fire truck (over $ 800,000) rather than building new fire bays

Chief Prasad said, “There are a lot of decisions to be made in the next four or five years.” He is currently preparing a plan for the future of the fire service.

“There is always a tendency to look for a more cost-effective solution in the short term. It’s not just about the fire station, search and rescue are limping along with totally inadequate facilities, ”Mayor McCormick said.

He suggested that the city look at an “integrated facility” that would bring together fire departments, ambulances and search and rescue services.

Chief Prasad told the council that “the new fire hall development is not necessarily a separate building”. He has seen fire department plans that include apartments and commercial space. “We’re looking at options, including more energy-efficient buildings.”

He hopes to have a plan before the Council soon.

Kimberley City Council meets twice a month from 7 p.m. Due to the pandemic restrictions, the public and media are not allowed to visit the council rooms.

The next scheduled council meeting: December 13th. Live streams on the City of Kimberley YouTube channel. This was the last regular council meeting for 2021.

Mission statement: Photo by the Kimberley Trails Society


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