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In July 2017, the Lucknow Community Health Centre Joint Board of Management requested  hat Council consider a renovation to the Lucknow Community Health Centre. Council agreed to the project in principle, so that the Board could begin to obtain cost estimates and apply for  funding.

In February 2018, the Joint Management Board presented a budget to Council that included a renovation of $360,000.00, although detailed cost estimates were not included at that time.

Township of Huron-Kinloss Council approved the budget as presented, with Huron-Kinloss' share of the renovation, $180,000.00 being funded through the Community Well Being Reserve Fund.

The Board moved forward with site meetings to determine the scope of the required work and accepted a quote in May from Domm Construction. Work began in September 2018 and there have been significant overages in the project due to the unforeseen issues with the demolition.

At the December 19, 2018 Lucknow Community Health Centre Board Meeting the Board was given an update from Al Domm of Domm Construction, the General Contractor for the renovation project. There have been many challenges with the renovation project. The Designated Substance and Hazardous Material Survey was completed on May 10, 2018 which revealed the presence of asbestos and lead. The asbestos removal was completed and all out of date or non-code conforming elements including wiring and plumbing were removed. The building is now significantly clear and several issues have been identified including:

  • Electrical wiring and fixtures HVAC system
  • Windows
  • Floor
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Insulation
  • Roof Drain
  • Asbestos drainage pipes

The Board appointed Carl Sloetjes as the Board representative and liaison for the remainder of the project and agreed that a more comprehensive update on the project be given to both respective Councils.

In addition, staff was directed to look through the records to see who the original contractor was that built the clinic and contact service providers who have infrastructure in the mechanical room to facilitate moving the panel and services on the south wall to the east wall.

Trevor Hallam, Deputy Clerk for Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh drafted a report which outlines the project and provides further detail on the project. The Township of ACW discussed the project at their January 8, 2019 meeting. ACW Council has recommended that no further financial outlays be given until an estimate for the projected renovation expenses has been received. Demolition and remediation costs to date are $65,000 plus plumbing (invoice not yet received). Al Domm the General Contractor has finished the layout and is currently obtaining costs estimates from sub-contractors. Minor adjustments have been made to the original plan to accommodate items such as existing drains. 

We included a total of $375,000.00 in the 2019 approved budget for both operating and  capital, with the amount of capital works to be funded from the Community Sustainability and Well Being Reserve Fund.  The total proposed budget is $229,922.50 which will result in less funding being transferred from the reserve fund.

September 2019 Update

The final reporting for our Digital Service Squad Grant as part of the Digital Main Street initiative has been completed and submitted. We started the program on May 6th and completed on August 23rd. We had set a goal of assisting 82 businesses within the Township and Lauren successfully aided 26 in her time with us; she contacted 129 overall to offer help/access to the program. The expense projected for this program was $10,000 and we finished the program with a $615 surplus. There is still time to be spent on promoting the program, developing content, and assisting those in the community participating in the process.

Though Lauren has completed her time as our Digital Service Squad Member, it’s important to note that the program is STILL RUNNING! This means that businesses in Huron-Kinloss can still participate and, if they meet the requirements, may be eligible to qualify for the Digital Transformation Grant (up to $2,500) to help their business’ online presence.

History

Lauren continues to actively seek out and assist our local businesses as our Digital Service Squad Expert. She has assisted multiple business owners with everything from website development to social media set-up and enhancements.

We have one business who has completed the entire “Digital Transformation” program and submitted their application to Digital Main Street for their $2,500 Grant and we have at least two others pursuing the full program. We anticipate they will receive notification of a successful application within the next 2 to 3 weeks.

Lauren’s last day will be Friday, August 23rd at which point the program is still open for businesses to use but we will no longer have a staff person solely dedicated to this program after her departure. Nicole will continue to promote the program and its valuable education and potential grant opportunity moving forward.

The second of the four workshops being presented co-operatively with Digital Main Street and Camp Tech has been scheduled. “Social Media for Small Business” has been booked for Monday, December 16th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

November 2019 Update

2019 construction is now complete. The final lift of asphalt on the roadway will be paved next year.

October 2019 Update

The installation of watermains and storm sewers is now complete. The watermain has been commissioned and is now in service. All concrete curb and driveways are complete and road paving was completed on October 2nd. The Director of Public Work was informed by the Contractor that they were having issues with road base on the McCormick Drive hill between Willis Crescent and Boiler Beach Road. The original plan was to only remove the existing asphalt, regrade and pave two lifts of asphalt. After observing test holes showing poor road base quality, the Director of Public Works requested a cost estimate to excavate the road base and install sub-drains to improve the condition of the road base. The estimates provided were reasonable, so the decision was made to proceed with the improvements

September 2019 Update

The installation of watermain and storm sewers on Willis Crescent is now complete. Watermain installation on McCormick Drive is also complete. Roadwork is expected to be completed by the end of September, however paving may not be completed until early October.

History

A construction start date of August 6th was provided by Bill & Tom Kempton Construction.
They have informed the Township that paving will not likely be completed by the September 27th completion date. An updated schedule will be provided in late August. Property owners have been notified accordingly.

December 2019 Update

Point Clark Dog Park The fencing and gates are nearing completion, rules signage has been received, bench, and garbage receptacle / bag dispenser ordered. Staff met with the volunteers and received some positive feedback.

Summer 2019 Update

There has been some minor clearing for the pathway south of the Point Clark Community Centre. Staff will be meeting with the Dog Park group to assess the signage and update the completion schedule for this fall 2019.

October Update

The project is nearing completion. The dug out roof’s need to be installed to complete the project. At that time a ribbon cutting will be scheduled upon completion of dugout roofs with our local MPP Lisa Thompson, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and fundraising partners within the Township

July Update

The Ball diamond fencing has been replaced in Ripley, Point Clark and Reids Corner. The dugouts roof structures have not been installed yet. Marco Clay will be starting the infield restoration around August 10th, 2019.

November 2019 Update

Ripley Elevated Tank The contractor is currently working through deficiencies identified by staff and our Operating Authority, Veolia Water Canada. Most of the deficiencies pertain to issues with the water treatment equipment. The two new wells are being operated and raw water samples are being collected on a routine basis until they can be brought online. It is unclear when this will happen at this point in time

October 2019 Update

The cracked housing on the Well 3 pump has been repaired. The results of the raw water samples taken from the Well 3 and Well 4 sample taps inside the elevated tank facility were clear of any contaminants. The contractor was provided with a list of deficiencies that must be resolved in order for these wells to be brought online. Most of these issues are with the chlorine analyzing equipment. Once these issues are resolved, treated water samples can then be taken in order to comply with the MECP requirements.  The fence around the perimeter of the site was scheduled to be installed the week of September 23rd, however, wet conditions forced this project to be delayed. Further discussions with Public Works staff have resulted in a review of the layout of a fence at this site. It was determined that there will be logistical issues during winter maintenance activities. Also, year-round access to the wellheads for maintenance purpose is another issue that has to be addressed. The Director of Public Works will await input from the MECP inspector and the contractor that was awarded the project before making a final decision on the fence layout. This project will likely be delayed until spring

September Update

Site restoration around the site and on County Road 7 is nearly complete with only asphalt boulevard restoration on County Road 7 (Huron Street) outstanding. The installation of a chain link fence around the site is scheduled for the week of Sept. 23rd. During the most recent sampling procedure of Well 3 and Well 4, the Contractor discovered a cracked housing on the pump in Well 4. As of now, the Contractor is waiting for pump repairs to be completed. Although the results from Well 3 are not final, the unofficial results indicated that there is no longer any detectable levels of total coliform. Samples from Well 4 were not able to be taken. Once the well pump is repaired, the final disinfection procedure can be completed

August Update

The video inspection of Well 3 and Well 4 at the Ripley ET site has now been completed. The existing casings for both wells are relatively clean, so wire brushing was not recommended. However, there is approximately three (3) metres of soft iron/bio debris at the bottom of Well 3, and Well 4 has approximately 1.4 metres of the same material. The accumulation of this material most likely occurred because the wells have not been in use since they were drilled in 2011 and it can allow for the growth of bacteria that may have
Staff Report Report number: PW2019-08-52 Prepared by: John Yungblut, Director Public Works File Number: 250 Reports, 750 Reports Subject: Water/Wastewater Date: Aug. 7, 2019
contributed to the presence of Coliform in the raw water samples. The recommendation from the contractor was to set airlift equipment at the bottom of each well to remove this material and disinfect the well pumps at an estimated cost of $10,000-$11,000 per well. This work was authorized and has now been completed. Water samples are scheduled to be collected on the week of August, 5, 2019.

July Update

The re-disinfection of Well 3 and Well 4 at the elevated tank site is scheduled to begin the week of June 24th. Restoration work has not been scheduled

June Update

Although the elevated tank has been in service since March 4th, the two new wells that were drilled in 2011 have still not been incorporated into the system. The issue of higher than normal total coliform levels in the raw water samples has not been resolved. The Contractor has been authorized to proceed with "Phase 1" of the well disinfection procedure at an estimated cost $24,544. This will include removing the pumps, video inspecting the well casings and completing a shock disinfection procedure. If Phase 1 is not successful in providing adequate raw water sample results, then "Phase 2" may be necessary. Although they have not been authorized to carry out Phase 2, the necessary. Although they have not been authorized to carry out Phase 2, the Contractor has indicated that it could cost an additional $17,000 per well. This will include cleaning the casing with a wire brush well bore, however, the scope of work is unclear until the video inspection is completed.

The video inspection of Well 3 and Well 4 at the Ripley ET site has now been completed.
The existing casings for both wells are relatively clean, so wire brushing was not recommended. However, there is approximately three (3) metres of soft iron/bio debris at the bottom of Well 3, and Well 4 has approximately 1.4 metres of the same material. The accumulation of this material most likely occurred because the wells have not been in use since they were drilled in 2011 and it can allow for the growth of bacteria that may have contributed to the presence of Coliform in the raw water samples.
The recommendation from the contractor was to set airlift equipment at the bottom of each
well to remove this material and disinfect the well pumps at an estimated cost of $10,000-$11,000 per well. This work was authorized and has now been completed. Water samples are scheduled to be collected on the week of August, 5, 2019.

Currently, there is approximately $5,000 remaining in the $75,000 contingency allowance
for the Ripley ET project. With an additional $20,000 for removal of the iron/bio debris the
contingency allowance will be exceeded

Project Review

The 2019 Huron-Kinloss Ice Cream TrailTM season kicked off in May with a new twist: the Street Sweets Public Outdoor Art Exhibit. Adding lively, three-dimensional sculptures which had been creatively designed by local community artists, gave the photo scavenger hunt Trail a much-needed update.

These cones were individually personalized by the artists and located at each of the 9 stops along the Trail with participants being required to provide their photo with each Street Sweet to prove completion of the Trail.

There was also a bonus Sammy Sprinkles stop located in Lewis Park in Ripley. Participation this year was up (271 participants) compared to the 2018 Trail (191 participants); we are seeing several families who are making this part of an annual tradition to participate.

Event Sponsors

Our media sponsor for the 2019 Huron-Kinloss Ice Cream Trail was 101.7 The One and we also extend our thanks to the nine businesses who acted as stops on this season’s Trail:

  • Mary’s Restaurant
  • Cobblestone Pub & Grill
  • Armstrong’s Home Bakery & Bulk Food
  • Holyrood General Store
  • Ripley Variety
  • Family Funland
  • Pine River Cheese & Butter Co-op
  • Lake Range Restaurant Lighthouse Pizza & Ice Cream Shop

Street Sweets

The Street Sweets were a well-received addition to the Trail this year. Ten pieces were created in total by 6 different artists:

  • Andy Pridham – Sammy’s Ice Cream Express and the original Sammy Sprinkles
  • Kathleen van den Hogan – Tasty Treats; Mario Toad; Bouquet of Flowers; and To Infinity & Beyond
  • Karen Stanley – Love is Love
  • Tammy Dobson – Sweet Sally
  • Adam Youngblut – Sticky Paws
  • Jessica Cormier – Peppermint Bark

Trail participants were invited to vote for the “People’s Choice” Street Sweet and the winner of this was Jessica Cormier with her entry “Peppermint Bark” which had been located at Stop #9 on the Trail, Lighthouse Pizza & Ice Cream Shop. 

This year’s Huron-Kinloss Ice Cream Trail Winners were randomly drawn for each prize category:

Prize for the Largest Group: The Jones Party

Prize for Finding the Bonus Sammy Sprinkles Stop: Margie Beck

Grand Prize: Bethany Hornblower

September Update

We have officially made it over the 200 participant mark as of mid-August! Preparations for the 2020 edition of the Trail are already underway as it will be the 10th Anniversary. The Street Sweets have proven an incredibly popular addition to the trail and the possibility of doing them again is being explored.

August Update

As of July 24th we had exceeded the 2018 participation numbers: 138 versus 90 the previous year. A second printing of t-shirts will be required as we have already gone through the entire stock of adult shirts and are getting low on child sizes.

Nicole and Olivia also hit the Trail for a social media blitz with games and prizes on Sunday, July 21st in celebration of National Ice Cream Day. Participants were enthusiastic and a marked increase in traffic on Facebook that day and in the following couple of days was significant.

Repeated vandalism of one of the Street Sweets has resulted in it being removed from the Trail in Lucknow; however the amount of press coverage received about this unfortunate event has extended exposure of the Trail itself into areas that may not have previously heard of it – silver linings!

July’s Free Ice Cream Day at the Lucknow Tourism Office saw nearly 70 visitors while the final Free Ice Cream Day at the Lucknow Tourism Office will be held on Saturday, August 10th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.



Contact Us

Phone: 519-395-3735
Fax: 519-395-4107
Email: info@huronkinloss.com
Address:
21 Queen Street, P.O. Box 130, Ripley ON N0G 2R0