The following are brief reports of items discussed during a March 9 committee of the whole meeting and recommended to be approved by county council.
By Sue Tiffin
Tory Hill EMS base could soon see 24-hour staffing, seven days a week, permanently, as recommended by Tim Waite, director of paramedic services.
While traditionally staffing at the base has been two paramedics working 12 hours per day, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., 365 days per year, staffing hours have incrementally been increased.
“Over the last four years we’ve been adding additional shifts to maintain 24-hour coverage,” Waite said.
Since fall 2020, 24-hour coverage, seven days a week has been maintained year-round in Tory Hill, through the use of Safe Restart funding. Currently it’s been used to maintain 24-hour staffing from Jan. 1 until the May long weekend.
“Included in this year’s budget is an additional $110,400 to maintain 24-hour staffing in Tory Hill from Thanksgiving weekend until year end,” read Waite’s report to council. “In 2023, an additional $200,500 will be required to be included in the budget to maintain 24-hour staffing from Jan. 1, 2023 to the May long week-end. The additional $200,500 for 2023 will be offset by approximately $55,000 from 50 per cent funding from the province in 2023 due to the additional $110,400 increase for 2022. This will then have Tory Hill staffed 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, permanently.”
Dark Lake and York River Bridge projects
Two bridges in need of rehabilitation are to be added to the 2022 budget with an estimated construction cost of $1,445,056, including HST.
McPherson-Andrews Contracting Ltd. is recommended by county staff to be awarded both projects. The Dark Lake Bridge rehabilitation includes concrete repairs, waterproof and paving, replacement of a barrier wall, expansion joints and guide rail. The York River Bridge rehabilitation includes a concrete deck overlay, concrete repairs, replacement of barrier wall, expansion joints and guide rail. While in progress, both projects will allow for one lane of traffic to be maintained.
Dark Lake Bridge on County Road 648 will be repaired at an estimated cost of $711,560 and the York River Bridge on County Road 10 will undergo work at a cost of $733,495. Inspection and contract administration fees for DM Wills – the county’s design consultant for this project – will cost an additional $45,853 for the Dark Lake Bridge project, and $43,544 for the York River Bridge project. Both projects are expected to cost less than what was budgeted, the Dark Lake Bridge project being approximately 20 per cent under the approved 2022 budget costs, and the York River project coming in at 10 per cent under the approved budget.
Drag River Bridge rehabilitation
A contract for the rehabilitation of Drag River Bridge is recommended to be awarded to UrbanLink Civil Ltd. at a cost of $1,613,881 including HST. Seven bids were received for the project, ranging in price from about $1.6 million to $2.3 million.
The Drag River Bridge, on County Road 1, is a high-priority projected identified in the 2020 biennial structure inspection report and recommended to be rehabilitated this year.
The rehabilitation includes a concrete deck overlay, concrete repairs, waterproof and paving, replacement of a barrier wall, expansion joints and guide rail. During construction, traffic will be reduced to one lane using temporary traffic signals.
“We did revise our scope from last November when budget came through, so we were able to remove some items,” said Robert Sutton, director of public works. “It’s less under budget than it appears because we did reduce the scope.”
The inspection and contract administration fees for Planmac are estimated to cost $51,042, bringing the project to $1,664,923, approximately 33 per cent under the 2022 approved budget.
Sutton said the project would take “the whole season,” being Haliburton County’s longest bridge at roughly 50 metres long, which makes it as long as the Dark Lake and York River bridges put together.