Capital Projects

March 08, 2011 – 4th street utility upgrade

Background:
In 2005 Council had determined a need to invest in underground utility upgrade for fourth (4th) street between first (1st) and third (3rd) avenues. This determination was primarily based on the condition of the road surface along with a recommendation listed within the Water Distribution Study that flagged the water main to be a four (4”) inch service. On completion of the tendering process in the spring of 2005, tendered costs for the project significantly exceeded preliminary cost estimates and the approved capital budget. As a result the 2005 Street Improvement project was shelved until a later date.

In 2010 due to the deteriorating condition of the road surface, the 2005 Street Improvement project was revisited. Updated estimates for the underground utility upgrade and roadwork were obtained and subsequently a resolution of Council was passed approving a capital expenditure in the amount of Seven-hundred & four thousand, seven-hundred and eighty dollars ($704,780) plus engineering costs of Thirty-six thousand nine-hundred dollars ($36,900) for a total project cost of Seven-hundred and forty-one thousand, six-hundred and eighty dollars ($741,680).

The project was tendered and awarded with a completion date of October 31, 2010. The completion date was successfully met by the general contractor and project costs closed at Twenty-three thousand, four hundred and thirty-three dollars ($23,433) under budget.

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December 16, 2010 – Remote Read Water Meters.

Background:
Over the past 40 years the Town of Vauxhall has been measuring residential and commercial water consumption through manual read water meters. This technology was extremely labour intensive requiring an onsite inspection in order to capture actual consumption measurements. In addition to the time requirement, it was virtually impossible to gain access into every residence in order obtain a reading. Subsequent to capturing meter readings, each reading then had to be manually keyed into the billing system in order to generate an invoice. Due to the demand on labour resources, at some point in time the Town opted to only issue actual consumption invoices three (3) times per year, generate estimated bills for the remaining nine (9) months and structured the billing to allow for a maximum number of cubic meters consumed before any overages were charged. The reading infrequency combined with the billing method enabled users to store up water allocations over the winter for heavy watering in the spring and early summer and pay little or no overage charges.

In 2009, council approved a capital project in the amount of One hundred and fifty-five thousand dollars ($155,000) to replace manual read water meters with remote read water meters. This updated technology would enable meter readings to be captured remotely and then easily downloaded into the billing software for invoice generation. To date the project is about 98% complete. 436 residential meters have been installed, all but 2 commercial properties have been upgraded and mobile homes are currently under way. Actual cost of the project thus far is One hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000). It is expected that the project will come in on budget.

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August 10, 2010 – Community Complex Lighting Upgrade

Background:
In 2008 a facility evaluation conducted by MPE Engineering identified the need for upgrade and/or replacement of the electrical lighting and emergency lighting throughout the community complex. Subsequently, in May 2009 the Government of Canada announced its new Economic Action Plan which made stimulus funding available through its Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program (RInC) for projects specific to upgrades and repairs to local hockey rinks, swimming pools and other recreational sites. Conditions of the grant required tri-government funding with the Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments each contributing 1/3 of the total project costs. The Town of Vauxhall successfully submitted a RInC grant application in the amount of $141,400 for its community complex lighting upgrade project.

On October 5th, 2009 MPE Engineering was engaged to oversee the capital project and the project is now 100% complete with the final progress report filed June 28th. The approved budget for the capital project was $141,400 (plus G.S.T.) Actual costs on completion of the project totalled $138,200 (plus G.S.T.), $3,200 under budget.

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