Sunday February 27, 2011

City Hall News

The Municipal Rub

Million-dollar projects completed around the city

Staff/Some photos courtesy of Chilliwack City Hall


he Operational Services Dept Quarterly Report was presented at the last council meeting and the following are some of the highlights.


October 2nd was Household Hazardous Waste Day in Chilliwack. Public Service Works recorded 274 cars dropping off waste oil, antifreeze, paint, pesticides and fluorescent light bulbs. All toll, 14 tonnes was deposited at the Parr Road collection site.


Sewer Project

The City reports that the Tyson Sewer project is almost complete, tying in 442 homes to the sewer system. They'll be putting on the finishing touches later in the spring which includes some underground work and paving over the areas which were dug up.




The Million Dollar Hill

The two new 400,000 resevoirs have been completed on Marble Hill, including a pressure reduction valve that were installed at a cost of $1.35-million. The tanks should see to it that current and future demands are met for water delivery to the homes there.


Six Million Dollar Digester Project

The old digesters are working at peak capacity and another tank is needed. The City has okayed this project and it is slated to be completed by summer 2012.


Lights On

There was a new traffic light installed at Luckakuck and Vedder Rd. Underground wiring was added to complete this project. Another traffic light was added at Vedder and S. Sumas.


Evans Rd. Lightens Load

The new Evans Rd. overpass has reduced traffic on Vedder and Luckakuck to pre-1992 levels.


Dyke Upgrades

The east and west dyke upgrades have been completed.


Snowpack Levels

According to City staff, the BC River Forecast Centre said in their winter report that by the beginning of the year, one-half of the annual snowpack has been reached however this year that snowpack levels are below normal in the Fraser Watershed with the exception of the Lower Fraser areas. The upper Fraser was at 54 per cent of normal, the Middle Fraser at 77 per cent of normal, the Nechako was at 83 per cent of normal and the North and South Thompson was at 61 per cent and 68 per cent respectively.


Freshet Monitoring

The City report also said that the snowpack doesn't reach until mid-April and that staff will be continuously monitoring water levels as usual as part of the "annual freshet preparedness procedures."


Better Recycling

The City is looking at ways to reduce waste in the landfill and has prepared a report looking at ways to implement solid waste reduction and diversion.


They Shred It

Emterra Environmental reported that they raised in excess of $2000 and 272 kg. of items for the food bank from their 4th Annual Shred-A-Thon November 27 at Cottonwood Mall.


Parks Report

The Chilliwack Arts and Culture Centre held a successful Open House on November 6 and The Landing Leisure Centre saw it's 3-millionth visitor pass through the doors. John Hoefsted won the gift basket and year pass to the facility. Twin rinks had 178 kids skate with Santa December 18 and the Parks department held 8 separate food drives for the Salvation Army throughout the month.


The Parks Dept. also reported a successful beginning at the Cultch. Additionally, their report indicated that Heritage Park did well with the Christmas Craft Market, Mane Event, Train and Hobby Show and the Arena Cross.



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