Rossland council awards Washington St. tender

Rossland city council awarded the Washington St. tender, decided on community support grants and approved a market on Earth Day.

Rossland city council awarded the Washington St. tender to Copcan at a special city council meeting on Monday afternoon.

Copcan not only has a proven track record with the city, having acted as the contractor on the Columbia Ave. project, but also came back with the cheapest quote at $6,099,100.50.

The tender does not represent the total cost of the Washington St. project, as there are other costs, including the planning costs incurred so far. The total estimated cost is $7.5 million, but council has since decided to cut $60,000 in optional work.

Optional work council decided to postpone includes landscaping, which can be done at a later time, and the water main extensions along Third and Fifth Ave., which can also be done later.

Capcon is expected to start mobilizing for construction next week.

Council decides community support grants

Having previously decided to allocate $287,500 to operating community supports grants this year, council reviewed individual applications and decided what to award to the organizations that had submitted applications.

Organization Requested Accepted
Council for Arts and Culture $4,000 $3,778
Kootenay Columbia Trails Society $20,000 $18,651
Tourism Rossland $31,855 $20,678
Bear Aware $2,500 $2,500
Recreation Programs council had allocated $50,000 $46,167
Heritage Commission $5,550 $3,654
Sustainability Commission $30,700 $13,445
Tennis Club $3,000 $2,834
Museum Society $48,500 $48,500
Public Library $132,250 $115,948
Neighborhoods of Learning/Visions for Small Schools Society $15,000 $6,349
Youth Action Network $3,000 $2,190
Food Security $5,000 $2,807

Earth Day market approved

Council approved a request from the Rossland Mountain Market Society to hold an outdoor market on Earth Day, Saturday, April 23. The market will be held in the usual spot on Queen St. and Columbia Ave. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.