City Council Highlights – October 17, 2016

City Council Highlights provides a brief overview of newsworthy items from the October 17, 2016 City of North Bay Council meeting.  The full agenda can be found on the City’s website.

Kate Pace Way extension

Council confirmed their intention to connect the Kate Pace Way Trail from Memorial Drive to Gormanville Road with the approval of a $400,000 contribution toward the $725,000 project. The City received $325,000 from the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program (OMCIP) earlier this year, however the funding agreement with OMCIP required the City to contribute the remaining dollars. Further public consultation will be held in the future to determine the preferred route the extension will take.

Reconstruction of Trout Lake Road

Council voted to proceed with an application to the Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) Connecting Links Program to support the reconstruction of a 350 metre portion of Trout Lake Road between Lakeside Drive and Lees Road.  The City is requesting $1,080,000 from the MTO to support the project, with the City providing the remaining $120,000.

External Audit Services

Council awarded the contract for external audit services to BDO Canada LLP for $423,750.00 plus HST.  BDO Canada will provide audit services to the City of North Bay and the local boards and commissions for the next five years.

FONOM representation confirmed

Council appointed Councillor Mac Bain as its representative on the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) Executive for a two year term expiring on December 30, 2018.

LED Video Display Board

Council approved the purchase and installation of an LED Video Display Board at Memorial Gardens for $129,086.00 plus HST.  The display board will improve event communications and marketing within the City and provide the ability to live broadcast larger events outdoors.  This purchase will be partially funded through the FedNor grant to help transform the Memorial Gardens into a multi-use facility.

Tandem Dump Truck

Council awarded the contract for a new Tandem Dump Truck with dump body, snow plow and hydraulic system to 930098 Ontario Ltd. o/a Freightliner North Bay for $233,270.70 plus HST.  The replacement vehicle will be used for both winter control and summer construction.

Memorial Dr. Horizontal Drilling

Council awarded the contract for Memorial Dr. Horizontal Directional Drilling to Avertex Utility Solutions Inc. for $87,161.95 plus HST.  This is the final phase of this project and encompasses the installation of a second trunk water main feed to West Ferris and Birches Rd. standpipe.

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