At the Town’s Budget meeting on Thursday and Friday, funding was allocated for a large number of projects. The ones relating to the Harbour and Marina were mentioned in yesterday’s long report but Public Works also had a list. Some are routine and some are not. A large number of items are not really contentious or (in my opinion) of interest to the public. Although all items are listed, only those of interest are detailed below.
Approved 2020 Projects
Sidewalk Construction $200K Sidewalk Construction was put on hold pending development of a policy as to how priorities would be set. The final approved policy (see link below) ending up putting Abbott Boulevard as next on the list even though objections to this were the reason a policy was put together.
Matthew Street Reconstruction $820K Matthew Street between King Street West and University Ave requires urbanizing sanitary and storm sewers to be replaced. Project will be completed jointly with LUSI who requires the watermain to be replaced. Matthew Street was ranked as one of the highest priorities in the Town’s asset management plan specifically due to poor water quality.
Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation $1M Work to stop groundwater inflow and infiltration and subsequently reduce the cost of processing clean groundwater at the WPCP. Includes adding water tight maintenance hole covers. Public consultation may be required if proposed work impacts private services.
Kerr Street Extension – Division to D’Arcy $2.72M The project will include a full storm sewer system, traffic signals, the extension of West Street and sanitary stubs for future development. West Street runs North-South in Northam park so an extension would allow Kerr St. to connect easily to Northam park. This project was been talked about for many years – the image at right was made from a Google satellite image in 2015.
Shoreline Management Program $10K Work in conjunction with the GRCA to address future Lake Ontario erosion. Cobourg’s share of Consultant’s fee. A Public Consultation is expected.
Albert Street Reconstruction $15K To complete utility relocation work. Albert Street from Hibernia Street to Third Street requires urbanizing, sanitary and storm sewers to be replaced – the full project is scheduled for 2021.
Street Light Replacement program $355K/year. Street Lights are beginning to fail and there are no more induction lamp replacements available. The Town will be switching to LED lamps which requires all fixtures to be replaced as well as lamps. Maintenance contract for lamp replacement was tendered in 2019 to renew failing light posts and replace induction fixtures with LED.
Estimated replacement schedule:
Year 1 – 3 – Failing post replacement – 120/-200 cobra heads / – 50 decorative
Year 4 – 9 – 300 cobra heads / 108 decorative
Fixtures will only be replaced when lamps burn out.
Parking Meters Replacement $15K Replace aging and non-repairable parking meter heads including those that were vandalized in 2019. Each meter head costs – $300 and each pay and display costs – $6,000. Consideration will be made for replacing with blocks of meters with pay and display similar to what was done on Queen Street in 2019. The budgeted funds should replace – 50 meter heads or 2 pay and displays.
Transit Shelters $15K Construct two new transit shelters every year at existing bus stops that currently do not have shelters or replace aging existing shelters. Location will be determined in consultation with the Accessibility Advisory Committee.
Wheels Bus Replacement $160K If ICIP Transit Stream funding is approved, the Town will proceed with the immediate purchase of a secondary Wheels bus as the current Wheels back up bus (90S) is out of service due to major repair requirements and is not 100% accessible. Bus 90S is over 13 years old and this type of bus is scheduled to be replaced every 8 years in accordance with the Town’s vehicle depreciation and replacement plan. The full cost of this type of vehicle is $160K. Due to Provincial/Federal funding, the bus will be purchased at 26.67% of cost. Capital will not proceed unless ICIP Funding is received.
Other Cobourg News Blog Articles
- Multiple Street projects reviewed – Public meeting about Kerr St., Matthew St., Albert St.
- Sidewalk Policy Finally approved – 24 October 2019
- Full list of Public Works Capital Projects with details as provided for budget review.