Early approvals to save city money

The city hopes early approval of capital projects such as road work will help save time and money in the tendering and ordering processes.

KAMLOOPS – Staff is asking council to approve more than $10 million in capital projects prior to approving the final budget in an attempt to save money by tendering the projects earlier in the year.

Every year council is given a list of projects administration would like early approval on. This allows staff to begin design work and procure contractors during the winter months and for construction to start as soon as weather permits.

This year 22 per cent of the proposed Capital Improvements Programs budget is up for early approval and staff is also asking for early approval on the $4.67 million 2015 vehicle and equipment replacement budget, funding solely from the equipment reserve fund, because of long order times.

Some of the larger projects on the list for early approval include collector road rehab at $1.9 million, rehabilitation of the Windbreak storm main at $560,000, West Highlands Park at $500,000 and repairs and maintenance at Tournament Capital Centre to the tune of nearly $1.25 million.

More than $900,000 in equipment replacement for the information technology division, $750,000 to replace a fire engine, $400,000 under active transportation and $375,000 to improve downtown streetscapes are also on the list.

The 2014 capital projects budget sits at nearly $45 million with just under $8 million to be funded through taxation.

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