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June 4, 2015 8:15 AM

At its May 25 meeting, Lloydminster city council awarded the 2015 Street Improvement Tender to Lloydminster’s E-Construction for a cost of $2,084,607 plus GST. The project includes roadway, sidewalk gutter and curb repairs.

The streets undergoing surface work are 38 Street from 47 to 50 Avenue East service road, 39 Street from 66 to 70 Avenue, 50 Street from 46 to 47 Avenue, 53 Avenue from 62 to 63 Street and 70 Avenue from 44 Street to 150 metres north of 41 Street. The intersection of 47 Street and 55 Avenue and the intersection of 50 Street and 51 Avenue will also undergo work. Lane grating will be done on Alberta Crescent.

The 2015 Trail/Sidewalk Improvement plan is included in the project and trail construction will take place south of College Park School to connect it to the existing trail network and adjacent to 70 Avenue from 44 Street to 150 metres north of 41 Street.

The east parking lot at Fire Hall No. 1 will also undergo grading and rehabilitation.

“We haven’t met with the contractor yet to find out their schedule, but we do know that one section, 39 Street from 66 to 70 Avenue, is in front of Holy Rosary High School,” engineering services traffic branch manager Sheena Zimmerman said. “In the tender it’s specified that that section needed to start pretty much as soon as school is out and then it needs to be complete before school goes back in.”

According to the report before council, construction is expected to start in late June and is anticipated to be completed by the end of August. Zimmerman says the construction deadline is Sept. 30.

“There will be notices throughout the program that will let people know where the work is happening (and) any residences or businesses that are adjacent to the work will get special notices delivered to their doors,” she said.

“We just thank residents for their patience and for keeping an eye out for the notices and planing detours and routes accordingly.”

Starting on June 1, visitors to the Lloydminster Cultural and Science Centre (LCSC) will have to reach a little deeper into their pockets if they want to view the collections.

At its meeting on May 25, city council voted to raise LCSC entrance fees. This is the first time admission has been changed in five years.

“The fees are going up because they haven’t been looked at since 2010,” community services director Don Stang said.

“In 2010, they were actually reduced when the Richard Larsen wing was taken down. So it’s time to review them and bring them up to standard with other museums around the province.”

Rates are increasing by $2 to $5 for youth ages six to 12, $6 for students age 13 to 17 and $7 for adults ages 18 to 59. Children ages two to five and seniors over 60 will see admission rise by $1 to $3 and $5 respectively. Rates for family groups has gone from $15 to $16.

Children under two years of age still enter for free.

“We are trying to bring in more travelling exhibits,” Stang said. “Those cost money and we’re just trying to make sure we have some cost recovery there.”

The rates will be reviewed again next year.

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