Elgin Park improvements scaled back
by Roger Varley
Plans to upgrade the lighting and power systems and pave portions of Elgin Park have been scaled back because of costs.
Nevertheless, council was told Monday night that even the reduced improvements will cost more than originally budgeted for.
In a report, facilities manager Bob Ferguson said all tenders received for the original plan were above the $662,220 the township had budgeted for improved lighting, extended power sources and paving of the parking lot and roadways in the park. That $662,220 came from grants, including the Canada 150 program, and parkland reserves.
Because the tenders were all higher than expected, Durham Energy, hired as consultants on the project, revised the scope of the work to be done.
"So what we have done is reduce the size of the area in the park that we can get done at the present time that will satisfy the majority of needs for not only the user groups but also the public of accessibility," Mr. Ferguson's report said.
This means delaying installing lighting and power boxes along the stretch of driveway leading out to Elgin Park Drive, reducing the width of the paved roadways to three metres from four metres and reducing the amount of gravel underlay beneath the paving.
Even so, the report said, 41 light standards will be erected in the park.
Councillors agreed to purchase the more expensive of the two types of light standards offered, declaring the lesser priced light poles would make the park look like a parking lot.
Going for the higher priced lighting means the overall cost of the improvements will be $737,268. The report said the extra could also be covered by the parkland reserve.
"Staff feels that now is the time to spend the extra funding required to get the best return on its investment into Elgin Park by capitalizing on the already approved grant funding," Mr. Ferguson wrote.
Council agreed with his recommendations and work will proceed within the next couple of months.