The City of Weyburn has run into some challenges for their newest part of the Tatagwa Parkway, with the walking path located across the north end of the city along Fifth Avenue North.
Some residents have been found parking their vehicles on the parkway path, especially near Fifth Street and Fifth Avenue, causing damages to the path.
“It’s wet right now, but when it dries, it will be built up again. In the long term, we’ll put in wooden posts with chains to protect that part of the parkway,” said Coun. Nancy Styles.
She told council that she asked the Parks department to put up “no parking” signs in that area; they did so, but then on the morning of Apr. 28 she found they had been taken down.
“We will put them up again, and they will be fined if they park on the pathway,” said Coun. Styles, noting the minimum fine is $40, which goes up to $70 if not paid right away.
“The parkway was designed for people to walk on,” she commented.
City council approved an upgrade for the lighting to the Weyburn Leisure Centre, with a change made in the bid to make it more affordable for the city.
The initial tender was received in November 2013 for $160,000, which included a price of $41,000 for the scaffolding.
The city found a mobile lift which would be much cheaper than the scaffolding, with a cost of $4,605, bringing the project cost down to between $125,000 and $135,000.
Mathew Warren, director of Leisure Services, told council they would leave some of the current light fixtures in place, but replace the actual lighting.
He noted the lighting is pretty much the original light setup from when the Leisure Centre opened, and the lighting is very inadequate as the indoor pool seems dark, particularly at night.
A Regina company will be doing the lighting, Rock Solid Construction and Electrical Services.
City manager Bob Smith said at the time tender bids were asked for, companies were invited to come to the Leisure Centre to do a walk-through of the facility before putting a bid, and no local companies took part in the walk-through.
There is interest in building new hangars at the Weyburn Airport, as many as three to four new hangars, council heard from the Airport Board report by Coun. Dick Michel.
Some of those wanting to build have bigger planes, and need a bigger hangar to accommodate them than are currently available at the airport.
Coun. Michel said the airport lounge is almost ready to be available again, with some plumbing issues to be resolved first.
The Airport Board was told that the RM of Weyburn is looking to increase their contribution to the operation of the airport, with their annual grant currently at around $5,000. One way they may do this is to do snow removal as a grant-in-kind for the airport.