Council approves tender for roadway construction program
A Border Paving tender of $953,281.41 plus GST for the 2012 Roadway Construction program was accepted by Camrose City council June 25.
The budget for the 2012 Roadway Construction Paving Program was estimated at $1,200,000.
"We were very pleased with the tenders that came in," said City of Camrose infrastructure services director Mark Barrett.
"The upward pressure on the prices seems to have levelled off."
Councillor Gerry Galenza said he was happy to see the work go to a local company.
"They employ lots of local workers and are good corporate people."
Council also gave first reading to an Augustana Area Redevelopment Plan that will create a long term vision for the neighbourhood north of the Augustana campus.
Second and third readings are scheduled to be given July 23 after a public hearing.
The Augustana Area Redevelopment Plan is consistent with the City's planning policies, strategic priorities and Municipal Sustainability Plan.
Council approved a recommendation to increase the City of Camrose sponsorship for the Canadian Bull Congress next January from $2,000 to $2,500.
Councillor Gerry Galenza told council that the sponsorship is a chance for the City of Camrose to blow its own horn and perhaps attract future residents and investors.
"There are 8,500 people who attend the congress every year, some of whom have deep pockets and may want to live here."
Councillor Max Lindstrand said it is time that council had a philosophical discussion about how it feels about sponsorships and how many events it is going to sponsor.
"It seems to me that we are getting an increasing number of requests, and that our response to them has been knee-jerk."
"An argument could be made that they should be paying their own way."
A report by chief building inspector Doug Delmage showed that the City of Camrose issued building permits having a total value of $3,294,520 during the month of May, up from $3,113,000 in May of 2011.
The total value of building permits after the first five months of this year was $13,146,101. The total value of building permits after the first five months of 2011 was $11,076,331.
The number of single fixed dwelling units completed to the end of May was 31.