At their regular meeting Wednesday, Redvers Town Council passed a motion to accept a tender from B&A Holdings to resurface one block of sidewalk on Broadway Street in the downtown business core with a material called rubberstone.
The block of sidewalk that would be resurfaced is south of Souris Avenue.
Council reviewed two tenders at their meeting Wednesday.
B&A Holding’s tender came in at $68,251.68. The other tender was from Prairie Rubber Paving who provided two prices—one for $55,147.02 for a recycled rubber product and one for $63,690.69 for new, manufactured rubber product.
After some discussion, council decided to go with the tender from B&A, as the quote from Prairie Rubber Paving indicated that there could be additional costs if more work is needed above and beyond just laying down the product.
Council noted that B&A had come to Redvers, measured the area to be surfaced, and as including additional work, such as sidewalk grinding, as part of his tender price, whereas Prairie Rubber Paving had not done any groundwork ahead of submitting their tender.
They also noted that B&A, who is located in Alida, is a local contractor, and would not need to stay in a hotel to do the work, and his proximity to the town or Redvers would be more practical in getting the job done.
B&A has also spoken with all of the business owners along that portion of Broadway Avenue about rubberizing their entry areas or steps if they are interested.
The town has received a provincial grant to cover the majority of the cost of the sidewalk resurfacing.
Plugged sewer delegation leads to discussion
Council received a delegation from two homeowners to discuss if the town would cover the cost of an invoice to clear a blocked sewer line.
The couple hired a plumber to auger their sewer and says the plumber hit an obstruction at 91 feet, which would mean the obstruction was on town property.
Council told the homeowners that the town foreman had checked the manholes on the street at the time of the problem and confirmed that the town’s sewer was flowing. They worried that the obstruction hit by the auger had come from the homeowners’ private line and noted that no other homeowners on that street were experiencing a sewer backup, which would be the case if the town’s line were blocked.
Council discussed the issue after the delegation had left. Some councillors felt the town should not pay the bill, as it could set a precedent when people have clogged sewers due to inappropriate material being flushed, while others felt it merited more investigation to ensure there is no problem with the town’s line in that area.
The issue was tabled, and council asked CAO Bonnie Rutten to speak with the plumber involved to get more information before council makes a decision.
Ministry of Environment says cell tower is a go
SaskTel is planning to put a new cell tower up at 32 Railway Avenue in Redvers. Council received a letter from the Ministry of Environment at their meeting Wednesday. The letter was addressed to SaskTel, and was passed on to the town by SaskTel for information. The letter was to notify the town that after an environmental assessment of the land, there is material in the soil left over from the use of cinders that were used on the land.
SaskTel has proposed a corrective action plan (CAP) to the Ministry of Environment which includes administrative controls in the form of a land use restriction, soil management strategy and a health and safety policy. The ministry says they accept the CAP and the project can move ahead.
Access Communications adding missed services
Council passed a motion to allow Access Communications to install services in a back alley between Warren Street and Wauchope Street on the south end of town. When the subdivision in that area was developed, Access provided infrastructure for whole subdivision but forgot to do one back alley. Council’s motion was for approval to bore 195 meters of two-inch conduit and coaxial cable, including four pedestals.
Demolition permit approved
Council passed a motion to approve building demolition permit. The permit is for the Western Star Motel, which was destroyed in a fire on January 17. Cleanup of the motel site is currently underway.
Approach for new home approved
Council passed a motion to approve the building of an approach to allow for access to a new home being moved onto a lot along the town’s perimeter road on the east side of town, south of Highway 13. The approach is being built by the RM of Antler.
Spencer Kemp, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The World-Spectator