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Church commends city on street work

Simon Whitehouse
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, December 21, 2011

City councillor Bob Brooks said the city was commended for street work on 52 Street this year, calling it "remarkable and beautiful as far as streetscaping goes."

He said he received a letter of thanks recently from Rev. Ron McLean of the Holy Anglican Trinity Church, who found the work compatible with the functioning of the church. The church held a funeral for deceased pilot Nicole Stacey Sept. 28 and McLean was grateful that construction workers were able to make special preparations for public access. There had been about 350 people who attended the funeral, with 200 being turned away, he said. At the time of the service the road had not been paved, so there were concerns about visitors and the hearse getting in and out. The city, NWT Construction Association and Proform Concrete Services, who were involved in the project, made last-minute arrangements to fix up the route, he said.

"The city smoothed down the road, cleaned the gravel on it, graded it, and tamped it down to keep it firm, "said McLean. "When the hearse came in it was like driving on concrete."

Proform, which had been involved with reconstructing the sidewalk, poured extra concrete two days before the funeral. They also showed up the morning of the funeral to pressure wash the sidewalks.

The city spent $495,000 for streetscaping on 52 Street between 49 Avenue and 50 Avenue as part of the 2011 road rehabilitation budget. Part of the project was cost-shared because the Dundee REIT Gallery Building was being built at the time.

Food drive an all-out 'war'

Mayor Gord Van Tighem said the last few weeks had seen an intense "war" among city councillors and administration as to who could donate the most food to the Salvation Army.

"The community services department won the challenge, but the problem is they had lots more people," Van Tighem joked.

In total, city council and administration donated 1,330 kg of food.

Coun. Bob Brooks agreed it was an amazing accomplishment for the city.

"When it was announced the city would go ahead with this initiative, we had just heard reports from the Salvation Army and the food bank that they were in trouble and really needed assistance," said Brooks.

"I think the city and all of administration and council went above and beyond to try and fulfill that need with over a ton of food."

Landfill signage update

Confusion continues to surround the blue recycling bins at the city dump. City councillor Paul Falvo raised the issue again with city officials at the regular meeting Dec. 12. He said the bins are still without signs directing people where to put their recyclables.

"We heard when I raised this issue in November that this was going to be looked at soon," Falvo said. He said he understood the signs were to be taken down temporarily but replaced shortly and reiterated that the blue bins were being contaminated with mixed materials and asked if temporary signs could be put up.

City administrator Bob Long said that, from his knowledge, the issue was already taken care of.

"From what I understand the bins are well signed," he said. "We could be talking about two different things."

Public works manager Chris Greencorn said he would look into the matter and report back to council.

Falvo said it might be a good idea for residents to get rid of their recycling waste at other blue bins in the city until the matter is fixed.

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