Several key projects are on the radar for Oliver Public Works in 2017.
In a recent report to Town council, Director of Operations Shawn Goodsell outlined a number of projects, most of which were completed in 2016. These include the Gallagher Lake siphon repair (temporary fix), Town office alley to Kootenay Street upgrades, downtown street lighting retrofits, Fairview Road upgrades, and airport taxiway expansion.
Public works staff have already “started” several projects that will carry into the new year. These include an asset management plan, an electric car charging station, a re-alignment of the McKinney Road/ Tucelnuit Drive/Black Sage Road intersection, and a vehicle bridge inspection report. In addition, staff will look into replacing the Town hall roof in 2017.
Goodsell said staff make an effort to complete all projects, but occasionally the estimated budgeted amounts may be over or under the final project costs.
He noted that staff also deal with unforeseen events throughout the year, such as the damaged siphon at Gallagher Lake.
Goodsell said the Public Works department has undergone many staffing changes over the past two years. In 2015, the department saw 11 changes, compared to six in 2016.
“We believe in 2017 if we maintain the current staff our project timelines should be attainable.”