From the regular meeting of Town Council
Monday, October 17, 2016
At the start of the October 17 Council Meeting, the town held a public hearing in regards to the amendment for the land use bylaw. Bob and Nora Hamilton proposed to have land they own in Rosedale rezoned to better incorporate plans of developing 87 campsites, a convenience store, administration facilities, mini golf, water park, and two large commercial tents for activities. Over 50 residents of Rosedale were present to oppose the proposal. Town council later made a motion to dismiss the proposal after reviewing both resident’s concerns and recommendations made by Palliser Municipal Services.
A request for decision was proposed by Director of Infrastructure Services Darryl Drohomerski on the Aquaplex Modernization. Due to the delay for renovations to Spring 2017, costs have jumped by $85,530. Additional costs were explained by Shunda Construction Management to be a result of additional accommodation fees due to time of year workers would need accommodation as well as some overlooked upgrades that would be needed to properly be able to use the Mertha Pool Liner system already purchased and in route to Drumheller.
Councillor Jay Garbutt said, “This is the most grossly over budget project in my two years in council. I will not be providing my approval on this project.”
Councillor Zariski also weighed in, “I am very disappointed in being over budget. However, most construction projects come in over budget. This was a high priority to get this project done. It’s very disappointing.”
Mayor Yemen explained that approval of this contract would require a total of $599,815 be transferred from reserves or from the 2017 budget. This would greatly affect any future projects planned for 2017.
After reviewing the changes in proposed costs four council members opposed the motion and it was defeated.
There are plans to retender the project in the future in hopes of realizing savings.
Director of Infrastructure Services Darryl Drohomerski updated council on the Aquaplex modernization project. Drohomerski said that he would have a report of costs and a timeline to present at the next Town Council meeting.
Council moved over to in-camera matters.