Tenders were awarded during last night's regular meeting of Weyburn City Council, for asphalt repairs at the Weyburn Airport. 

The airport requires asphalt repairs for three different areas and has an allocated $200,000 for asphalt repairs and line painting. ASL Paving will be conducting the repairs to the taxiways B & C, and to the secondary runway, for a total amount of $151,464.00 plus taxes, and GenCo Asphalt Inc. will be filling the cracks on the main runway, for $5,850/day and $2.60/litre for the volume of crack filler used.   

An application has been submitted to the Community Airport Partnership for a 50 per cent funding request for these projects. The application is still being processed. 

Jennifer Wilkinson, the director of engineering with the City of Weyburn said that they are looking at all avenues to fully understand what they need when it comes to equipment.  

“We don't have those internal capabilities, but that is something the engineering department is doing on a regular basis, is assessing contractor pricing versus our capabilities internally, and that's something that we have put into our strategic plan, to kind of assess both sides so we can do what is best for the municipality.” 

Council last night also approved the tender for the 2022 Roadways and Airport Line Painting work. APLS of Red Deer, Alberta, will conduct the traffic markings for the center lines, crosswalks, intersections, and no parking zones, and they will also be airport taxiway and main runway markings, for a total of $86,036.00. 

Public Works has a budget for traffic and zone marking of $115,000 for contractor-provisioned line painting, included in the budget for runway refurbishment.  

Matrix Solutions will be installing a number of groundwater monitoring wells at the City of Weyburn's Landfill.  

There are currently 19 monitoring wells installed around the perimeter of the landfill, with semi-annual groundwater sampling and monitoring since 2014. Due to data gaps within the currently monitoring well network, the Ministry of Environment requires the City to expand the network.  

“The Ministry of Environment has made a requirement for the city to complete further investigation to determine whether or not the current impacts are migrating off-site. Consultants were requested to provide a professional assessment to install new monitoring wells at the site to address the ministries requirements with the current data gaps, including but not limited to background and delineation wells.” 

The data gaps consist of insufficient data in background groundwater quality and the lateral and vertical extents of the chloride and nitrate-nitrogen impacts. 

The 2022 budget has allocated $75,000 for the landfill monitoring well network expansion. Matrix's proposal, for $49,502.83, includes 17 new wells of a preferred design featuring more nested well pairs and better background well locations that will result in more valuable data results. 

File photo, courtesy Patrice Parks-Wilkes, of work being done at the Weyburn Airport.File photo, courtesy Patrice Parks-Wilkes, of work being done at the Weyburn Airport.