There is no doubt in my mind that this year’s month of May has guaranteed that the coming summer will be the earliest on record. Our family pool was opened during the first week of May and the first swim was on May 24th. I’m looking forward to a great summer.
Moving along, I would like to mention that during our regular Council meeting in May a Mayor’s Proclamation was made to proclaim the week of May 30th to June 5th, 2010 as Disability Awareness Week. I urge all the citizens of New Maryland to join with our Council in recognizing persons with disabilities and their role in our community by the observance of Disability Awareness week.
The following motions will bring you up to date on the Village’s Street Improvement Program. During a Special session of Council held on May 5, 2010, the following two motions to award tenders were carried:
Motion One – Contract One: Based on the recommendation of the Transportation and Protective Services Committee, Council passed a motion to accept the tendered bid submitted by Perfection Paving Ltd. in the amount of $260,860.50 HST included, for upgrades to Cortland Avenue, Russet Street, and Lobo Street; and
Motion Two – Contract Two: Based on the recommendation of the Transportation and Protective Services Committee, Council passed a motion to accept the tendered bid submitted by Perfection Paving Ltd. in the amount of $122,181.25 HST included, for upgrades to Berkley Drive and Baldwin Street.
In addition to the above motions, we currently have a tender out for work on Oliver Crescent and Birchwood Crescent. The tender will be received at the Village Office until 3:00pm on Thursday, June 3rd. It looks like we will have another busy year with our Street Improvement Program.
Several months ago I promised that I would do my best to keep you up to date on the status of the Elevated Water Storage Reservoir, more commonly known as the Water Tower project. Just before the holiday season I told you the column (an upright pillar supporting the structure) was completed. The construction area was then closed for the winter. The steel fabrication/erection crew returned to the site on May 17, 2010. Steel plates have been delivered to the site and the contractor has started constructing the steel dome (also known as the Bulb) – the place where the water is stored. The dome is constructed on the ground and then lifted to the top of the column. The project is currently on target with the construction schedule and the completion date is planned for September 30, 2010.
Council’s review of the Recreation Master Plan is expected to be finalized early in June and the revised Plan will be adopted by Council at the June or July Council meeting. The Minister of Environment, Rick Miles, will be at the Village Office for a funding announcement on Thursday, June 3rd at 1:00pm. The announcement is for the approval of funds through the Environmental Trust Fund for our Trails Master Plan project.
Our Council meeting is open to the public and we encourage you to attend. We meet on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm. I am at the Village Office every Wednesday from 10:00am to 4:00pm, and available for appointments during the week with reasonable notice. You can contact me through the Village Office at 451-8508, or via E-mail.
Drive carefully and watch out for the little ones.
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