Corner Brook council briefs

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Portion of O’Connell Drive to remain closed for about three more weeks

Motorists are advised that the portion of O’Connell Drive from Sunnyslope Drive to the Lewin Parkway in Corner Brook will remain closed to all traffic for about three more weeks.

The road is closed in order to facilitate installation of the new water transmission main that will connect the Curling and Mount Moriah areas to the City’s main distribution system and the new water treatment plant.

The recommended detour will be through Sunnyslope Drive, but heavy truck traffic will not be permitted on this route.

Traffic originating on lower O’Connell Drive or Country Road is encouraged to access the Lewin Parkway via the Broadway or Griffin Drive intersections.

City staff will be meeting with all businesses affected by this closure to ensure that access those businesses is maintained at all times, and that signage is erected as required to communicate this to the general public.

Contractors are advised that dumping of fill at the site of the future city depot will not be permitted for the duration of this project.

Warning issued for possible severe weather this weekend

Corner Brook city council issued a warning for all area residents to exercise caution in light of possible severe weather headed for the area this weekend.

Environment Canada has issued a statement regarding Tropical Storm Arthur, which is currently developing into a hurricane off the east coast of the U.S.

The forecast models for the track of the hurricane vary significantly at this time, but it appears western Newfoundland will receive heavy rainfall this weekend, with potential for strong winds as well.

The city is monitoring updates from the National Hurricane Centre and will be putting its Hurricane Preparation Plan into effect as required.

Residents and businesses are advised to monitor the progress of the storm and to prepare their properties accordingly.

City residents requiring assistance during this and any other weather event are advised to contact the city at 637-1666.

City providing office space to Special Olympics host committee

The City of Corner Brook is providing office space to the host committee of the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook.

The multi-sport national games, to be held in February 2016, will be a huge undertaking and will be a qualifying event for athletes to represent Canada at the 2017 Special Olympics Winter Games in Austria.

It will involve 1,000 athletes, coaches and mission staff participating in seven sporting competitions: snowshoeing, curling, floor hockey, figure skating, speed skating, alpine skiing and cross-country skiing.

The host committee will be working out of space made available in city hall.

City to fix loaders on its own

The City of Corner Brook is going to go out and find six rubber tire-mounted loaders on its own.

City council had twice approved the issuance of tenders for the supply of the snowclearing equipment, but could not award the contract either time.

The first time, the two bids that came in did not meet specifications outlined in the tender document and it was recommended by staff to reject both proposals.

When the tender was re-issued, no one bid.

Under the Public Tendering Act, the city can now proceed to obtain a quotation and negotiate a fair and reasonable price for the vehicles from any supplier.

Coun. Josh Carey, who read out the motion during Wednesday’s public city council meeting, said it was inexplicable why there were no bids the second time around.

Organizations: Special Olympics Canada, Country Road, Brook city council Environment Canada National Hurricane Centre

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Lewin Parkway, Mount Moriah Broadway Newfoundland Canada Austria

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