Silver Kettle sidewalk a step closer

Plans to put a sidewalk outside Silver Kettle are getting closer to finalization.

Plans to put a sidewalk outside Silver Kettle are getting closer to finalization.

The item has been added to the 2015-19 financial plan review agenda as a new capital request under the manager of development and engineering, but still requires approval from council.

“It was brought up…as a possible capital budget project,” said Coun. Wirischagin. “Until the plan is adopted, we won’t know if it is in or out. But the first draft shows it as being in the budget. There are different options that we spoke about in the Committee of the Whole such as whether to use asphalt or concrete. Each comes with differing pros and cons and a huge difference in cost.”

Wirischagin said putting in a sidewalk in that location will be very beneficial to residents.

“Between the Silver Kettle and the Gables, being able to have proper access between those facilities and Dick Bartlett Park, the pool, the arena, the curling rink. Making it so kids and seniors have the ability to walk safely and not have to walk down the middle of the road would be a real benefit to those who live in that area and the community as a whole.”

The proposed sidewalk would be installed along 72nd Avenue from 19th Street to 27th Street. The reason cited in the original request was a desperate need for a safe walkway along the public street in front of the village. The sidewalk would provide walking access to shopping (Extra Foods) and to recreation facilities (Rec Centre), as well as connect to the sidewalk on 19th Street which leads to multiple facilities and locations.

The cost of an asphalt sidewalk would be $67,000, while a concrete sidewalk would be $158,000. Additional costs for removing fences, reshaping existing subgrade and driveway tie-ins would be approximately $17,500.