Paving season ends early

Mayor Greg Dionne speaks during a Prince Albert city council meeting. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald

Prince Albert city council has rejected a plan to get a head start on next spring’s paving projects.

On Monday, representatives from the city’s Department of Public Works brought forward a plan calling for additional work to be done on the Art Hauser Centre south parking lot.

The lot includes 295 stalls and will see heavy use when the city hosts the World Junior Fastball Championships in 2018. The lot is beyond repair, and required a new subbase before paving.

According to a report presented to council, the contractor employed by the city had agreed to complete the work by the end of September and guarantee it for one year.

However, the benefits were not enough for some city councillors, who were concerned that other city projects would suffer.

“I just cannot support this coming out of that fund,” said Ward 1 Coun. Charlene Miller, who was the most vocal opponent of the motion. “What are we not doing, for paving, in front of people’s houses? What are we not doing because of this (project)?”

Miller also expressed concerns about reports from the contractor, which advised the city to let the new base must sit for a year before paving.

For the rest of this story, please see the Sept. 27 online or print edition of the Daily Herald.