Bashaw town council has approved a lengthy list of projects in its 2018 capital budget, including the initial engineering costs for the second phase of 54 Ave reconstruction and five projects approved in 2017. File photo

Bashaw passes capital project list worth nearly $600,000

Road and paving projects approved, plus the purchase of a new skid-steer in the works

It’s a lengthy and varied wish list of capital projects for Bashaw that includes a few significant expenditures.

Bashaw town council — minus Coun. Rob McDonald who was out of the province — approved its 2018 capital budget priorities list at its regular meeting on June 7, a list that amounts to nearly $600,000 in potential spending.

The biggest purchase is for a new all-wheel drive skid-steer loader, complete with extra attachments, coming in at just over $100,000. Close behind is the $58,000 estimated town share of a new flush truck, though that money will only be spent if and when a suitable unit can be found.

The town will also buy a new electric ventilation fan to improve safety for public works employees conducting work in confined spaces as well as spend the money to upgrade the coin machine at the present bulk water station, and continue the process of purchasing security cameras to cover the arena and surrounding area.

However, just one-third of that total — slightly more than $226,000 — are for projects approved in 2017 with the actual spending to be completed this year. That includes about $185,000 in road and paving projects as well as $20,000 replacement mower.

Several projects remain on the list, even though the likelihood of them getting done is up in the air at the moment.

This includes paving of various road locations and the tennis court, repair the ice resurfacing machine gate at the arena and a LED electronic outdoor sign.

The most contentious of these is the sign, which Coun. Lynn Schultz has vehemently opposed calling it “useless.” In the end, it was left on the list with staff to do further research into what size of sign would work and where it would be best placed.

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