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Ty Stokes, director of engineering with the city, is pictured at Tuesday's council meeting at city hall.
The engineering department dedicated time in the first three months of the year to figure out a priority map of cast iron water main replacements.
“Considerable time was spent co-ordinating what is going to be our cast iron water main replacement for this year,” said Ty Stokes, director of engineering services with the city.
He added there is a budget of $2.2 million this year for cast iron water main replacement.
At Monday’s council meeting, councillors heard the first quarterly report of the engineering department.
“We made considerable progress on the backlog of paving patches that needed to be done, particularly when there was previous water service connections,” said Stokes.
As of the end of last week, the city had 87 of the 159 backlogged paving patches finished.
Coun. Don Mitchell asked about the scheduling of cast iron water main replacement and backlog of paving patches.
“I know there’s still a number (of cast iron water lines) in neighbourhoods across the city that continue to be a problem. The question is that I’ve had contact with people and they’re trying to find out whether their particular water main break or the one that’s protecting their property is being addressed,” he said.
“Is there some process where these are set out in terms of priority and timing that people can get a sense of when they might be dealt with?”
Stokes said he couldn’t answer specifics at the meeting.
Since Jan. 1, the consultant working for developing the utilities master plan has collected related documents and records, a review of those records and developing computer-based models.
Other highlights of the report included the tendering of the CPR Dam replacement project.
“We did a fair bit of legwork on the CPR dam project, making up the technical aspects of that. That did go out to bid and we received a successful bid,” said Stokes.
Westridge Construction Ltd. was the lowest bidder for the CPR Dam project and work is expected to begin soon.
Further, in the first three months of this year, the city treated 270.79 million Imperial gallons of sewage.
The city also treated and pumped 286.99 million Imperial gallons of water. In both cases, the highest month was March.
Stokes’ report was received and filed.
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