Monday November 24, 2014

Next drainage plan funded

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The City of Yorkton is about to embark another phase of its water drainage plan.

At the regular meeting of Yorkton Council April 14, a tender for work on the Dracup Avenue Channel Upgrade Project was unanimously approved.

The base work tender for the project was awarded to G. Ungar Construction Company Ltd. in the amount of $2,243,950.00 exclusive of GST. Furthermore, Engineering Services was authorized to enter into a contract with G. Ungar Construction Company Ltd. for the Base Work of the Dracup Avenue Channel Upgrades Project.

The tender was advertised in the newspaper, both locally as well as in Saskatoon, as well as on the Saskatchewan website. Six bids were received during the tender period. G. Ungar Construction Ltd. was the low bidder with a price of $2,243,950. An in house construction estimate based on previous unit rates was within 5-10 per cent of this tender price, explained City Engineer Joshua Mickleborough.

“The base price includes storm water mains, water mains, sanitary sewer mains, drainage channel, roadway construction and miscellaneous items,” detailed material circulated to Council.

“The work consists of channel widening, new culverts, piping and connecting the channel to the existing ponds. This will increase storm water conveyance and storage capacity. As well, a 12” water line is being installed connecting the existing 10” and 12” lines on Darlington and York, strengthening the existing system and servicing the new institutional land along Dracup Avenue North.

The proposed channel will convey and temporarily store storm water for a large portion of the city. This will increase downstream capacity as well as providing additional storage for upstream flows. The project consists of the construction of a 35 meter wide channel on the east side of Dracup Avenue from Darlington Street to the future storm water pond.”

In terms of funding the work, “The original capital budget allocated to this project was $3,500,000 including $755,000 from servicing and development levies chargeable to this work. The development levies were reduced to $128,000 from $320,000. The city has committed $2,745,000 to this project and is expecting $563,000 from servicing and development levies for a revised budget of $3,308,000,” detailed the report.

This project has been budgeted through the portion allocated to storm water management in the annual capital budget, from the roads budget and from the water works budget, added Mickleborough.

“This work is deemed necessary as part of the storm water works identified for the Dracup Avenue corridor. The 2006 Bullee Consulting Ltd. study identified a need to have a drainage channel with storm ponds along Dracup Avenue. This project will extend the drainage channel from Darlington Street East to York Road East. The final storm pond proposed by Bullee Consulting Ltd. is to be completed before 2020,” continued the report.

In addition Council passed a motion to have Engineering Services report back to City Council with a recommendation on the Alternate Work component of the Dracup Avenue Channel Upgrades Project when it is available.

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