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New contract for landfill monitoring

Following a request for proposals, the region is set to reward a new four-year contract for monitoring the gas, water and soil at landfills and the Durham York Energy Centre.

According to a report due to be presented at the next meeting of the region’s committee of the whole, councillors are being asked to approve the four-year deal with RWDI Air Inc. The contract, which will begin immediately and last until June 30, 2020, will cost taxpayers $239,107, or $32,386 for 2016 and $68,907 annually thereafter. The funds are set to come from the region’s annual solid waste management operating budget.

If the contract is approved at the committee level, it will come up again for a final vote at regional council, which is set to meet on Nov. 9.


Region purchases another home for future Gibb/Olive project

The Region of Durham is set to puchase another home that will be demolished to make room for a planned extension and connection of Gibb Street and Olive Avenue.

Up for approval by regional councillors is the purchase of 221 Gibb St., which comes at a cost of $205,000. There is also a request for an additional $35,000 to cover demolition costs, if deemed necessary.

Joanne Paquette, a spokesperson for the region’s works department, tells The Oshawa Express that to date, the region has purchased 64 of the 89 properties needed for the project. Work is set to begin on expanding Gibb to four lanes between Stevenson Road and Simcoe Street in 2020. The work of connecting Gibb and Olive, which will also be four lanes, is currently slated beyond the region’s 2023 forecast.


More work needed at Harmony Creek Water Pollution Control Plant

The region needs more money to cover engineering services related to the design work of the remedial project at the Harmony Creek Water Pollution Control Plant. In fact, it is nearly double the original estimates.

According to a report to be presented to the committee of the whole this week, staff are asking for more than $1.26 million for “additional detailed design services” by R.V. Anderson Associates Limited. The increase to the upset limit is above the previously approved $1.476 million. All of the funds are set to come from the total project budget of more than $15.9 million.

The report details what makes up the additional costs, including $115,560 for upgrades to the aeration system, $213,782 for a new plant operations building and more than $49,000 for tendering assistance as, according to the report, “the phase 3 design is much more complex than originally envisioned.”