The Elk River Pedestrian Bridge in Sparwood which will receive better lighting soon. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

The Elk River Pedestrian Bridge in Sparwood which will receive better lighting soon. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood council gets update on projects on-the-go

The new council was briefed on projects underway that cost over $500K

Want to know everything the District of Sparwood is working on right now? Now you can, thanks to a complete report handed to the new council at the November 15 meeting.

Incoming and returned representatives got the dot-points when it comes to large capital projects already underway and items on the to-do list.

The nine capital projects listed all come in at over $500,000 and are underway, which means that even if incoming councillors have a problem with them, they are contractually locked in.

Among them is Centennial Plaza – an ongoing project to redesign the square at the centre of town with landscaping and new street design. According to Sparwood’s Chief Administrative Officer Michele Schalekamp, works on the plaza were meant to be concluded in October 2022, but due to worker shortages the project was now forecast to be completed sometime in 2023.

Works will continue through winter, with the installation of lighting and a shade structure. The remainder of the work – such as more paving, landscaping and other trimmings– will have to wait until the spring

Other items on the list of projects underway are the infamous hot tub (a thorn in the side of district staff for many years as it comes to the end of its serviceable life and continues well beyond it), Red Cedar Hill paving and railing, new apparatus for the Fire Department, a new grader, flood mitigation works, lighting for the Sparwood Heights pedestrian bridge and more.

Also listed were a number of initiatives in progress such as asset management, affordable housing, encroachments and more.

The full report can be read on the District of Sparwood website, here.

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