City Council Highlights – October 3, 2016

City Council Highlights provides a brief overview of newsworthy items from the October 3, 2016 City of North Bay Council meeting.  The full agenda can be found on the City’s website.

Waste Diversion Plan

Council adopted the City’s Blue Box and Waste Diversion Plan, a component of the Environmental Assessment Act conditions for operation of the Merrick Landfill.  The plan is part of the City’s overall waste diversion strategy which strives to direct all types of waste from the landfill.  In 2015, over 10,140 tonnes of waste was diverted.

Sewage Pump Replacement

Council awarded the contract for replacement of two raw sewage pumps at the Wastewater Treatment Plant to Patrick Mechanical Ltd. for $677,885.00 plus HST.  Raw sewage pumps are essential to the operation of the plant.  Any pump failure would result in a significant sewage back-up.  This project will replace two of the four pumps at the plant.

Additions to City’s Fleet

Council awarded three contracts that will assist the City in maintenance of municipal infrastructure. Council awarded the first contract to Tenco Inc. for $118,278.00 plus HST for a loader mounted snowblower.  Council awarded a second contract to Tracks and Wheels Equipment Brokers Inc. for $463,171.50 plus HST for two loaders.  The final contract was awarded to Work Equipment Ltd. for $160,950.00 plus HST for a sidewalk tractor.

Trout Lake Road Overpass

Council awarded the contract for engineering services for the Trout Lake Road Overpass Rehabilitation to GHD Limited for $113,370.00 plus HST.  The City will be undertaking significant rehabilitation work on the overpass over the next year to help extend its life expectancy.

OILC Debentures

Council approved a request to authorize borrowing from the Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation (OILC) to facilitate current and long-term capital works expenditures.

Hydro Rates

Council voted in favour of a motion asking the Premier of Ontario “to remove the low density subsidy from the customers of the Local Distribution Companies, like North Bay Hydro”.  Council does not support that customers of North Bay Hydro should pay more to subsidize hydro users outside of the City of North Bay on Hydro One.

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