Iqaluit City Council this week, in brief

Council ponders public works, recreation, bowhead hunt

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A short Iqaluit City Council meeting this past July 26 lasted little more than an hour, but councillors worked their way through a lengthy agenda that saw them make decisions on a long list of items.

Dam repair work gets green light

Council voted July 26 to pay $160,000 to Kudlik Construction for safety-related grouting repairs to the Lake Geraldine dam that were flagged in a safety inspection performed in 2010.

Kudlik responded to an invitational tender issued July 6. The only other competitor was Nunavut Excavating, which bid $312,000 for the job.

Grouting is a technique used to fill cracks or leaks where water seeps through or under a dam.

Megan Leach, the city’s director of engineering, said the city is still studying other problems, discovered this year, in an area of the Lake Geraldine reservoir called the North Berm.

Lake Geraldine, an artificial reservoir created by a dam near Iqaluit’s power station, holds the city’s water supply.

Council votes $2,000 for bowhead hunt

Iqaluit City Council voted July 26 to donate $2,000 to the Amarok Hunters and Trappers Association to help pay expenses generated by next month’s bowhead whale hunt, but not before Coun. Mat Knicklebein registered strong objections.

The HTO’s request arrived via a letter from hunt captain Solomon Awa, who said the 100 hunters involved in the event will need groceries and money to cover transportation costs for 10 boats.

Knicklebein said he fully supports the hunt. But he said he’s reluctant to give money to the HTO right now because of its current financial problems.

“I’d like to know what they will spend the money on rather than see it disappear into a black hole,” Knicklebein said.

All other councillors supported the donation however, and the motion passed.

City to sell sponsorships to raise rec funds

The committee in charge of raising money to pay for a new recreation complex in Iqaluit has come up with a sponsorship scheme to help pay for its first phase: a new aquatics centre to replace the aging swimming pool leased from Nunastar Properties Inc.

Under it, the committee would sell sponsorship deals to regional and local businesses, Amy Elgersma, the city’s director of recreation, told city council July 26.

In exchange, businesses would get the right to display logos, banners, signs, advertising and other materials inside the centre.

Under the highest level of sponsorship “All-Star MVP,” which could cost a company $300,000 or more, a firm would buy the right to have its name attached to a section of the aquatics centre, the right to display advertising in various spots, 50 free season passes to the pool, and other benefits.

The aquatics centre would be located in the vacant lot behind city hall, in the first phase of a long-term infrastructure plan that would see a new recreation centre, a new city hall, and a new fire and ambulance hall, plus a replacement ice sheet for the old downtown arena.

The city contracted the Ferguson Simek Clark engineering firm in July 2010 to do a feasibility study for these projects.

That work, completed earlier this year, revealed the city requires thousands of square metres of new building space to hold the desired facilities.

Council has already approved a request to have city staff prepare a funding application to P3 Canada, a federal program aimed at helping governments build infrastructure through partnerships with private businesses.

Council votes for new garbage truck

City councillors voted July 26 to spend $161,836.50 on a new 2012 model garbage truck, replacing a 2002 model that’s now ready for retirement.

Sean Tiessen, the city’s materials co-ordinator, said the old truck will be kept as a back-up.


Council slices and dices surveyed lots

The City of Iqaluit, which finally owns the municipal curling rink after making lease payments on it for 20 years, voted July 26 to create a separate lot for it.

The curling rink occupies a building that also houses the Frobisher Racquet Club, and is separated from it by a common wall.

Arif Sayani, the city’s director of planning and lands, said subdividing the lot would let each owner hold title to their side of the building for insurance and financial reporting purposes.

Council also voted to subdivide three single lots in the Plateau subdivision, each of which holds semi-detached two-unit buildings, so that owners on each side may hold their own lot leases.

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