By MorinvilleNews.com Staff
Morinville – The lateness of Tuesday night’s council meeting did not allow us time to file full stories on what was discussed at the Feb. 28 meeting; however, here are some updates on what transpired. Our full stories will be published throughout the day Wednesday.
Oyarzun named CAO
Council has selected its new Chief Administrative Officer to replace Eddie Doepker whose contract was terminated July 14, 2011. After narrowing more than 40 applicants down to a shortlist of 12, and narrowing that list down to four final candidates, Morinville Town Council spent the day Feb. 18 interviewing the four finalists.
Debbie Oyarzun was unanimously selected by Council to serve as Morinville’s new CAO. Oyarzun, who was originally hired as Morinville’s Deputy CAO has been performing the role of interim-CAO for the past seven months, and said she is looking forward to continuing the work she has been engaged in for several months.
Civic Plaza cost overruns infuriate council
Representatives from ONPA Architects and Synergy, the architectural firm and contract manager involved in the renovations to Civic Plaza made a presentation to Morinville Town Council Tuesday night, delivering the bad news that the project, originally estimated to cost the community $2.8 million would now cost just shy of $4 million.
Rob Black from ONPA said there were approximately $870,000 in additional expenses, including general higher sub-trade prices and additional construction and renovation requirements that could not be foreseen prior to the building being gutted last July.
Council had initially thought the project would cost $2.5 million but upped their budget to $3.5 million once a more concrete estimate had been obtained. Council was unanimous in expressing their displeasure the re-purposing project would now near the $4 million mark.
Mayor Bertschi said the additional $500,000 variance could be funded through available Municipal Sustainability Initiative funding from the province; however, he is anticipating administration will be working with the construction management company to ensure their cut of the project does not increase along with the cost overruns.
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Fourth quarter report shows drop in tickets
Morinville Town Council received the fourth quarter report from Administration Tuesday night, a package that outlines the town’s finances, trends, statistics and other items of interest for the months of October to December 2011.
Among the information presented to Council Feb. 28 and to be discussed at the March 13 meeting were statistics from Integrated traffic Services, Morinville’s photo radar operator.
That report reveals a 38 per cent decrease in the number of tickets issued in the fourth quarter of 2011 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2010. A total of 993 tickets were issued between October and December of 2011, compared with 1,600 tickets during the same quarter of 2010. ITS attributes the 607-ticket decrease primarily to construction on 100 Street near Cardiff Road and the introduction of a three-way stop at the Cardiff road intersection with 100 Street.
Half of the 20 locations monitored by ITS resulted in no tickets being issued in the fourth quarter.
Although tickets were down in the fourth quarter of 2011 over 2010, the number of speeders recorded by the westbound and eastbound speed education signs on 100 Avenue were actually up. Westbound 100 Avenue saw a 0.8 per cent increase over 2010. Peak speeds in both years were clocked at 100 km/h in the 50 km/h zone. Eastbound 100 Avenue saw an increase of 0.6 per cent from 2010 numbers. The top speed clocked on eastbound 100 Avenue was 153 km/h a significant increase from the top speed of 124 km/h in 2010.
We will bring our full story on the fourth quarter report later today.