2021 capital projects are a highlight for the Mayor of Tisdale

The sewage and landfill lagoon capital projects, which were Tisdale Al Jellicoe Mayor highlights for 2020, remain his highlights for 2021, as work on both projects is completed.

The lagoon project involved the addition of a new sewer lifting station, a new lagoon cell and a new pipe to the lagoon. The city had previously received funding for the project through the New Small Communities Building Canada Fund in 2018, which covered two-thirds of the cost. In 2019, the city took out loans of $ 1.2 million to pay for its share of the project.

“We have increased the capacity of the whole city, so we are ready for this increase in population,” said Jellicoe, adding that it now has a capacity of around 5,000 inhabitants, allowing for a population increase of more. of 1,000. “We’ll be good for a few years at this.”

With the landfill project, Jellicoe said the garbage landfill has taken on a whole new look.

The landfill project included the addition of a new landfill cell, leachate pond and composting area at the Tisdale regional landfill. The work was originally scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2020, but was delayed due to COVID-19.

The federal government invested $ 2.13 million and the provincial government invested $ 1.78 million in the project in 2019 as part of the Investing in Canada infrastructure program, with the remaining $ 1.4 million being covered by the city.

Another highlight was the replacement of the water lines, with the replacement of 97th Street between 103rd Avenue and 105th Avenue, for a total of $ 135,000.

Although specific waterline replacements slated for 2022 have yet to be decided, Jellicoe said they intend to continue their regular one to two block replacement operations each year.

“It’s usually we replace the water lines, then the next year we repair or replace the curbs if necessary, then the next year we pave.”

For paving, Jellicoe said 2021 was a big year with several blocks completed / $ 573,000 was spent on paving, including 105th Avenue between 100th Street and 101st Street, 105th Avenue east of 102nd Street, 103rd Avenue West of 95th Street, 94th Avenue between 103rd Avenue and 101st Avenue, 100a between 98th Avenue and 99th Avenue, 98th Avenue between 100a Street and 100 Street and 99th Avenue between 100A Street and 100 Street. In addition, the city spent $ 100,000 on patches

For 2022, Jellicoe said he hopes for a year or two of big investment projects, the most important being the renovation of the municipal office.

“We have been considering an improvement of the municipal office for 10 to 15 years and we will review this with the weather,” he said.

“Everything is being considered right now, from repairs to building new ones. It’s all on the books right now, saying, “What do we need? It will be next year’s project if it happens in 2022. “

For the sidewalk replacement, Jellicoe said the city would consider work around Main Street, with the Main Street portion continuing to be council’s priority when it comes to sidewalks.

“Down Main Street, which isn’t bad, then a block on either side of Main Street there are a few sidewalks that we have to look out for there, although the streets right now are probably higher priority than sidewalks. “

For the paving of the streets, Jellicoe said he expects a small section of Boundary Road to receive work.

“(With) COVID-19 things have remained a bit calmer, but hopefully things will improve a bit more next year,” Jellicoe said. “Let’s just get through this pandemic and hope more and more people are buying local. “

Specifically, he pointed out the rodeo, trade show, curling tournaments, city dance competitions and the annual music concert which are “big items” in town that they haven’t been able to host since the last day. pandemic, benefiting both local retailers and hotels.

“I hope some of this stuff comes back and we can get a little bit back to normal.”

Jessica R. Durling, reporter with the Local Journalism Initiative, Humboldt Journal

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