February 06, 2014 - 1:45 PM
COUNCIL APPROVES $85K FOR VENDOR, FARMERS' MARKET POWER SUPPLY
PENTICTON - Council decided $85,000 in upgrades to downtown's power distribution is worth the price if it means future projects can keep their lights on.
Coun. Andrew Jakubeit said at an early special council meeting today having more power flowing under and through the downtown core will ensure enough electricity for festivals, the farmers' market, vendors and enough juice for other operations as the downtown core expands.
"We are really future proofing our infrastructure," Jakubeit said.
The $85,000 is a portion of a $1.26 million expenditure that will cover new sidewalks, new lamps, energy-efficient lighting, banners, flower baskets, irrigation and street furniture along three blocks. Martin Street will get water infrastructure improvements and new road asphalt. Today council gave staff the go-ahead to spend the money.
"This is a very exciting time. We are bringing forward one of council's strategic priorities," operations director Mitch Moroziuk said.
Grizzly Excavating will get the lion's share of the funding - $896,732. The streetlights and other surface items will cost $180,426. Engineering will cost $52,500 and the vendor power system will be $85,000. There is a contingency of $50,000.
Funding for the work will come from the $1.17 million already allocated. The additional $85,000 will be paid with funds from the aging water main replacement and the miscellaneous storm project budgets.
"This is a minimal increase," Coun. Katie Robinson said of the addition of the vendor power work. "I'm really pleased to see the infrastructure finally being done in the downtown. It's very much overdue."
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