Council approves bid for conference

The City of Estevan is making a bid to host the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association’s conference in October 2020.

Estevan city council approved a request from the leisure services division to bid on the event. It would bring more than 200 recreation professionals to the city to learn more about their industry, and it would be a showcase of the city’s facilities and the hospitality sector.

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City manager Jeff Ward said these conferences typically break even or make a little money.

The city would assist in any ways possible to make the event a success.

Estevan last hosted the conference in 2007.

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Council approved the lease of a 2018 Freightliner with an Eco 900 12-yard combination sewer cleaner from West Vac Industrial Ltd. for $499,105.43, with a $60,000 trade-in value. It will be leased for five years with a one-dollar buyout at the end of the term.

Shop foreman Dylan Paradis said this wasn’t the lowest tendered price, but it met all the specifications and criteria stipulated in the tender.

The city will also be able to take possession of it in 60 days rather than six or seven months.

The demo unit also has a bigger spoil tank, and a bigger water pump for jetting.

The unit will replace an aging 2006 Vactor combination sewer cleaner.

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The August building permit report showed there was an uptick in building activity compared with the same month in 2017.

Six permits were issued last month for $311,720, compared with five permits worth $162,700 in August 2017.

Last month there were two commercial permits worth $276,220, three miscellaneous permits worth $23,000, and one garage permit for $12,500.

In the first eight months of the year, there were 29 permits worth $1.68 million, compared with 31 permits worth more than $2.78 million for the first eight months of 2017.

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The August report for the Estevan Fire Rescue Service was also released. The fire department had 13 calls for service last month, with three false alarms, three accidents and eight fire alarms.

Firefighters also had six engagements or public relations activities, and two training nights.

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The monthly water report for the city’s water division showed 275 million litres of water were treated and 213 million litres were pumped into the distribution systems. There weren’t any plant issues and all regulated parameters were below government regulations, except for trihalomethanes, which will be corrected when the primary water source is shifted from Boundary Dam to Rafferty Dam.

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Council also gave first reading to amend the economic development board bylaw, because the rural municipality of Estevan has withdrawn from the board.

 

 

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