A sidewalk and paving contracts have been awarded by the District of 100 Mile House to Bree Contracting Ltd., with the first stages now underway.
In the absence of both Mayor Mitch Campsall and Phil Strain, who are unavailable for comment, District administrator Roy Scott explains more about the scope of the work.
The new sidewalk will run along the south side of First Street from Birch Avenue to Highway 97, in front of Lordco Auto parts and beside 7-Eleven.
Two bids were received, and Bree Contracting of Lone Butte, at $60,530, was the only one that fell within the district budget of $65,000, he notes.
“We are certainly pleased to be able to move these things forward. This has been a [longtime] position of the council that they wanted to work on the sidewalk program.”
Scott says the District has been building on its reserves and capital plans for years.
“Things come up and you have to pick your priorities. We are finally in a position where we can … pick away at the low hanging fruit – projects that don’t require storm sewers and all that kind of stuff.
“We don’t have to wait for a grant for these small ones … and we don’t want to go into debt.”
A Birch Avenue paving contract has also been awarded to Penticton-based Peter Bro.’s Construction Ltd. for $292,544.
The initial plan, included in the downtown revitalization project budget, had new pavement from First to Fourth streets and was later extended eastward to Horse Lake Road.
This saved at least $60,000 by not waiting to do the remaining stretch later, so the District seized an opportunity to take advantage of the unit cost, Scott explains.
“We identified the money within the existing reserve and said, ‘Let’s get it done, and then we are done with that one for a good number of years’.”
He notes the contractor’s plan is to start around May 5 and complete the paving job within about seven to eight days.
Strain will visit the downtown businesses shortly to alert them of the schedule and try to address any potential concerns, Scott adds.
He notes both project timelines are weather permitting.
Scott says the plan developed by Strain has a current value in excess of $2 million.
“So we will do it in bits and pieces with funding on an annual basis. That’s what we hope to do.”
See a related paving project story on page 5 in the March 19 edition of the 100 Mile House Free Press.