Thursday November 20, 2014

Council approves Co-op’s plan to expand Suds City


Weyburn city council approved a development permit for the Weyburn Co-operative Association to complete the expansion of their Suds City project.

The main part of the construction, which increased their car wash and gas pump service, was completed last year, and this year the Co-op wants to expand the convenience store.

The application came to council as any retail outlet in the Major Arterial Commercial (MAC) zone which exceeds 450 square metres is a discretionary use in that zone.

The Co-op’s plan is to expand the store from its current size of 228.7 sq. m. (2,462 square feet) up to 496.3 square metres (5,342 sq. ft.)
In addition, the Co-op is to pay an off-site development levy in the amount of $131.50 per square meter; this payment is charged on new developments to help the city with the development of infrastructure as it grows and expands.
This levy will total $35,189 for the Co-op’s project.

Speaking to council about the levy on this project, Co-op general manager Don Kraft commented, “We recognize the need for more development. I wouldn’t be fine with it if we were being singled out; we’re prepared to pay our share.”

Coun. Dick Michel replied, “As a corporate citizen, you aren’t being singled out. I appreciate your comments.”

Kraft said the expansion of the Suds City location facilities was to help serve the growing population at that end of the city, plus the increased traffic coming into the city on Highway 13.

He pointed out the exterior of the convenience store will be updated so it will match the new expanded car wash facility, and this will involve removing the brick facade that is currently on the front of the C-store.

In a report from the city’s Parks Board, the Soo Line Historical Museum was approached with an offer for a pumpjack to be donated to them by Valleyview Petroleums.

Matt Cugnet of Valleyview Petroleums said they were willing to donate a pumpjack of any size, leaving the decision on that (and on its location) up to the museum and the Parks Board to determine. A suggested location for the pumpjack is west of the caboose, so as not to interfere with power lines.

Cugnet said he would also make himself available to the museum to provide information to the public about the function of the pumpjack in the oil industry.

A marker may also be put on the base of the pumpjack with that information on it.

The Parks Board will decide at their February meeting if they approve of this donation for the museum.

The Public Works report listed the activities of the department in January, which included several repairs.

Among the projects worked on, council was told, were three water service connection repairs that all required excavation, plus a sewer service connection on Government Road that became separated or misaligned with the sewer main due to settling below the pipe segment.

During one of the short periods of milder weather in mid-January, works crews did flushing operations on sewer mains, along with clearing of snow around fire hydrants.

During the month also the department did clearing of packed ice and rutted grooves on residential streets.

Coun. Michel noted he was recently in Calgary, and after seeing the state of the streets there said, “Our crews are second-to-none in the country.”


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