Pictou going ahead with water tower upgrade
PICTOU – Pictou town council has given the go ahead for a company to start sandblasting the water tower.
Town CAO Scott Conrod told council that two options were presented to either water pressure the tower or sandblast it and council decided to with the sandblasting bid because it would extend its life.
The winning tender was awarded to JCDMI for $567,584, but Conrod warned council that it would have to put up an additional $40,000 to purchase large military style bladders that will hold the excess water for residents to use while the tower is being upgraded.
There was about a $90,000 difference between the water pressure and sandblasting bids, but the town decided to go with sandblasting because it would extend the life of the tower by 15 years while water pressuring the structure would only add an additional eight years.
Town engineer Jim Chisholm said the work on the tower is expected to begin in about two weeks.
Pictou’s fire chief said he was aware of the work being done and a back-up plan is in place for the department to access water while the tower is under repair. He said mutual aid is available and the antenna that the fire department has on the water tower for its radio pages will be relocated while the work is being done.
Pictou council asks police to keep eye on speeding
PICTOU – RCMP have been asked to look into speeding on town roads.
Coun. Bob Naylor asked Pictou County RCMP Const. Dave Gagnon to keep an eye on traffic leaving the Pictou Academy school yard, in particular the driver of a red Honda car who likes to speed up and down Patterson Street.
After Naylor made his comments, other town staff spoke of speeding incidents in other parts of town, in particular, Battery Hill by many different drivers.
Gagnon said he mentioned to RCMP officers about the possibility of having increased patrols in the area as a way to deter drivers with a heavy foot.
Pictou pool reopens with some new features
PICTOU – The PIctou Fisheries Training Pool is open for business after a three-week closure to tend to some maintenance work.
Michelle Young, recreation spokeswoman for the town, said Monday during a committee of the whole meeting that some painting was done in the pool while a second slide was also installed on the deck as well as a new basketball net. She said deck chairs that came from the Centennial Pool in Truro have also been placed on the deck.
She said the pool is hosting two new classes this year, aqua zumba and a splash and play program for parents and young children.