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Public Works Committee to receive request for plow replacement

In addition to a public works committee meeting on Monday night, the Elliot Lake Ad Hoc Budget Committee is scheduled to meet for the first time in 2022 and will discuss funding requests from city staff as well as requests from three members of council
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Elliot Lake City Hall file photo. Kris Svela for ElliotLakeToday

A request for a fleet replacement will go to Elliot Lake's Public Works Committee Monday night.

In his report, director of public works Daryl Halloch has spelled out the need for replacing the city's 2010 Freightliner Tandem Plow.

In February the city issued a request for proposals to replace the 12-year-old vehicle. 

One response was received from TMS Trucking Centre at a price of $286,910 for a Freightliner similarly equipped with snow plow and sander accessories, which is $1,982 over budget.

If approved, Halloch says the extra money would come from the city's works reserve budget.

Hours earlier, on Monday afternoon, the Elliot Lake Ad Hoc Budget Committee is set to hold its first meeting.

The committee is being asked to say yes or no to a number of funding requests submitted by city staff and three Elliot Lake City Council members.

Mayor Dan Marchisella wants industrial space expansion at Elliot Lake Airport and the installation of an inflatable water feature on the waterfront of Elliot Lake. 

The staff report spells out problems, including the difficulty of daily removal of the inflatable water feature and the insurance company's demand for after-hours security to protect it.

On the mayor's ask for expansion of airport industrial space, $20,000 was approved in the 2021 budget for airport electrical upgrades.

Staff says more research is needed on what else can be done there.

Coun. Ed Pearce wants a start to work on the recreational hub, the and arts centre and to see  infrastructure upgrades on Fox Drive and Spine Road.

A staff report to the committee states the Sports Hub remains in the planning stages. 

So far $1,195,270 has been spent from the Community Hub Reserve. Most of the cost was for land the city purchased at 151 Ontario Ave. The reserve is in a deficit position of $125,952.

Staff says infrastructure grants are expected for Fox Drive while the Spine Road project has been deferred from 2021 to 2022 and is included in the capital budget.

The Budget Committee will also look at adding more staff for the Clerk's Office and Bylaw Enforcement. Those changes will be discussed as part of the operational budget.

Other plans for approved airport runway improvements are in the buildings and facilities capital budgets.

That four-year plan is estimated to cost $1,048,128 and that could partly be offset by a grant application.

Coun. Tom Turner has asked for better accessibility in the washrooms at Mt. Dufour Ski Hill and the walking trail from the boardwalk to Spruce Beach. He wants $100,000 for the walking trail and $250,000 over two years at the Ski Hill.

Turner also wants alarms and and automatic door openers installed on all public washrooms. 

This is necessary for the city to become compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarions with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Turner also requested a start to water and sewer line upgrades along HIghway 108 from Lake Street to Timber Road. The project was approved in principle in December 2021.

At the same time, council approved installation of new water and sewer service for the Elliot Lake Retirement Living Spine Road project, something Turner also wants to move forward.

Along with that, he wants $225,000 for a rehab of Nordic Park including upgrades for the basketball and tennis courts, replacement of the BBQ's and installation of a splash pad.

The budget meeting to take a look at the spending requests will be livestreamed on the city's website Monday at 2:30 p.m.


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