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Clarenville council approves 2019 capital works infrastructure improvement plans

Construction in Clarenville on May 17, 2019.
Construction in Clarenville on May 17, 2019. - Jonathan Parsons
CLARENVILLE, N.L. —

The Town of Clarenville approved plans for infrastructure work that will take place this year, during Tuesday’s council meeting.

According to the public works and planning committee meeting report, this year’s capital works allocation of $1.2 million was designated for streets that can be completed this spring before the paving contractor leaves town.

Director of External Affairs Rick Wells further explained the decisions that will take place.

“What the committee did last week was look at the list that council reviewed the prior week and try and work with that list,” explained Wells.

“I think we have it down to where we need to be. Unfortunately, the funds available right now is only $400,000 in our capital budget, so the other $830,000 thereabouts we need to do capital investment plans.”

Those plans will need to be submitted to the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment for approval.

Wells said his recommendation is to stick to streets that are quick and easy to do – in other words, main thoroughfare areas like Shoal Harbour Drive near Bare Mountain Road, Balsom Street, Manitoba Drive and Memorial Drive.

“We were hoping to try and get Tilley’s Road completed prior to the contractor leaving town, but because of the curb requirements we need to do, and looking at the location of the proposed sidewalk, we’d feel more comfortable getting that work done properly so we’re going to defer that to a little later on in the year.”

At the council meeting, Public Works chairman Coun. Bill Bailey also announced the tender for work on water and sewer work on Cormack Drive phase two and Prince Street upgrades will be awarded to Cougar Engineering and Construction for $2,783,289, HST included.

He also announced the tender for Cormack Drive phase three infrastructure upgrades will be awarded to Cougar Engineering and Construction as well, in the amount of $563,210, HST included.

Both decisions were approved unanimously by council.

Wells says the work includes a full water replacement on Cormack Drive, left off from about three years ago, ranging from where the old cable building was and Gilbert Place.

All of Prince Street will see a full replacement for water and sewer, with the road rebuilt with curb and gutter and sidewalk on both streets.

“The full Monty,” added Coun. Bailey.

Jonathan.parsons@thepacket.ca

Twitter: @jejparsons

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