City council briefs

By Geoff Lee

July 28, 2016 12:00 AM

Leaky water accounts cost city
Council had a busy agenda Monday, including leaky water accounts.
The city’s public works department wants to stop an administrative cost leak from the opening and closing of water accounts and unpaid bills.
Council gave first reading to a new Utility Bylaw that would allow the city’s utility billing and water services team to operate more cost efficiently.
Public works director Alan Cayford told council his team has tried to recover more than $90,000 in collections over the past two and a years from delinquent water accounts.
“We are not recovering administration costs in collections,” he said, noting that’s the number one issue. The bylaw proposes all new accounts be set up in the owner’s name and that all accounts remain open until a change in ownership has occurred.
Bioclean pool to be cleaner
Council awarded the purchase of a Bioclean Aquatic Centre Skimmer Grate to Watson Pools Inc. of Edmonton for $299,700.
There are signs of leakage in the area where the skimmer gates runs.
The existing concrete underneath the gates within the main pool and the wave pool is cracked in several places and is leaking into the basement.
The skimmer gates and the concrete will be repaired when the facility closes for seasonal repairs from Aug.22 to Sept. 25.
City swaps land with LPSD
Council approved a land trade with the Lloydminster Public School Division at no cost to both parties.
The city has acquired land used as the site of the former Martin Brown School for green space while transferring land in the Saskatchewan Industrial subdivision to LPSD for school bus storage.
In 1971, the city had transferred the school land to LPSD to construct Martin Browne School.
The city’s acquisition of the former school site prompted Coun. Larry Sauer to state, “That’ s the only green space in that area of town.
“It think that’s very important to have.”

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