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New public works operations centre for Cavan Monaghan Township

By Brendan Burke   

Facilities Maintenance Industry Operations Utilities

The construction of a new public works operations centre at the current yard site of the existing centre near the Cavan four corners on County Road 10 was approved by Cavan Monaghan Township Council at a recent special meeting.

The tender was awarded to Mortlock Construction Inc. for $2,697,000, plus a 10 per cent contingency and net municipal HST for a total project cost of $3,018,914.

The project will be funded through development charges (45 per cent), the Community-Building Fund (17 per cent), transfers from reserves (1 per cent) and township debenture (37 per cent), according to Kimberley Pope, director of finance and treasurer for the township.

The project is scheduled to begin June 15 with completion scheduled for December, subject to unforeseen delivery problems related to building materials, according to a staff report.


The new building includes new site servicing with a septic system and well, new wood frame building structure, steel cladding, new roofing, electrical, plumbing and HVAC. The building itself will include seven bays, a new wash bay, a new lunch room/bathroom and wash-up area and a new locker area.

The existing building will remain and be used for storage for both parks and public works equipment, council decided.

There will be a landscape strip along the north side of the building to provide a buffer between the yard and the existing wetlands.

The contractor is also expected to address erosion and sediment control as it relates to the workplace and protection of all creek areas, said the staff report.

The site will also be top graded, but there is no new asphalt proposed at this time. Paving of the parking lot area will be considered as a future budget item, if deemed necessary.

The current public works centre is not large enough for existing or future township staff and equipment, the report states, and is outdated as a proper maintenance and repair shop.

It’s the township’s primary location for year-round maintenance activities including the main operations of snowplowing and sanding in winter, and all summer activities such as graveling, calcium, ditching and preparation work for capital works.

Mayor Scott McFadden noted the project was “a long time coming.”

Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, THE PETERBOROUGH EXAMINER


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