Beckwith renewal, Old Lock construction on track

Karl Grenke, Troy Dunlop, Director of Public Works and Art Manhire, Manager of Community Services listen intently to Councillor Chris Cummings
Senior planner Karl Grenke, Troy Dunlop, Director of Public Works and Art Manhire, Manager of Community Services listen intently to Councillor Chris Cummings at council Tuesday night. Photo credit: Sally Smith.
Posted on: November 14, 2018

Sally Smith

Director of Public Works, Troy Dunlop, reports that Beckwith Street downtown renewal groups have been looking at street lighting, traffic signal design, traffic calming measures, raised intersections at Russell and Main (how to be constructed and details).  He adds everything is on track and ready for tendering the first week of February. The plan is to hold a public meeting to share information with business owners in January on managing traffic, what mitigating efforts are needed to lessen impacts on local businesses, and to develop a contact list to know who to talk to during construction i.e. business hours, water supplies, loading needs, recycling.

Work on the Old Lock bridge is proceeding on schedule with wrap up scheduled for the end of November. Dunlop says only $7,500 has been spent in extras over the whole contract; the base lift, he adds, will hopefully go on this Thursday with the top lift next Tuesday (depending on weather).

The UV equipment upgrade has been completed at the waste water treatment plant and everything is in operation; a 14-day operation trial without any issues or errors has to be run before the upgrade qualifies for substantial completion. This could happen this Wednesday. Dunlop notes extras for this contract have only been $9000 in a $671,000 contract; he calls this a good news story.

The base lift will go on Pine and Condie streets next week; the possibility is that the top lift will have to wait to next year.

The Holiday Train arrives November 28. Road closures: Daniel Street from Elmsley to Victoria; Victoria closed from Foster to Russell St. East; Church Street closed from Victoria to Winnifred. Closings are scheduled from 4:30-6:45 with roads barricaded but with access to residents. The closest drop-off point to the Holiday Train is Russell and Victoria Street with limited parking at the station. Plan accordingly, says Town Clerk Kerry Costello.

The municipal grant program is underway for 2019 with applications available on the Town website (www.smithsfalls.ca) or at the clerk’s office; they’re due November 30.

Applications are due for appointments to boards and committees on November 23. Bring them to the clerk’s office by November 23; it’s for a four year term. Individuals can apply for two; please indicate order of preference.

Work on the roof of the Police Services is slated to start the last week in November and will take about eight days to complete.

The Honeywell energy audit project is wrapping up at the Police Services building.

Physical Activity and Mental Health activities are being sponsored by the Rural Recreation Association at the Memorial Centre on Thursday, November 15; if interested, register at the door. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.

Start thinking about floats and marchers for the Santa Claus Parade, December 8.

After four weeks of legal cannabis operation, there have been no specific issues to respond to in Town, says CAO Malcolm Morris. One of the first decisions by the new council (December 12) will be to decide whether to opt out of pot outlets in town. Morris explains the decision is not to opt in/opt out, it’s just to opt out. “If we don’t decide, by default, it’s an ‘opt in’, he says. “So we have to make a decision to opt out or live with the consequences.”