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Council Asked to Provide Direction on New Meter Reading Technology

by Shanine Sealey

Martensville City Council held their last meeting of the month on Tuesday, October 19th, which began with an update from each department.

The City of Martensville is currently working on a lighting project on the pathway located behind Glenview Cove and along 10th Avenue.

The tender for the Mocon Field baseball diamonds was recently awarded to All-Brite Electric and that work will begin this year with plans to have the lights up by early February.

The design for the future Martensville campground is now complete with the tender for the campground grading having closed on October 15th.

The Martensville Recreation Department is currently working with FSIN to use the Martensville Athletic Pavilion as the venue for badminton and volleyball in the 2022 Tony Cote Winter Games, which will take place April 15-20, 2022.

In the Infrastructure and Planning Department, there is currently a meeting scheduled with the City of Saskatoon regarding the next steps in the Joint Water and Wastewater project, with these steps including finalizing a construction timeline as well as a rate structure.

Currently, there are discussions taking place between Corman Park, Community Planning, the Ministry of Highways, and the City of Martensville regarding re-zoning and disposal of land located between Highway 12 and Centennial Drive South. Once subdivided, these lands, which are currently located within the RM of Corman Park, can be annexed for use in future development.

Multiple items were brought to Council for final approval which included a request for Council to approve amendments made to the Official Community Plan and the Concept Plan for Parcel R in Lake Vista. These changes will allow for this land to be zoned for both residential and commercial uses.

Additionally, a request for a sump pump discharge amendment and approval for the Economic Development Incentive for a project on 8th Street South were also brought to the October 19th meeting.

The last item on the agenda included a request for direction from Council regarding upgrading the City’s water metre reading infrastructure. With approximately 3100 water meters in the City, the majority are read manually, with City staff walking and collecting information with special readers. New meter installs consist of newer technology that allows staff to read the meters by driving their route. Both of these options require staff time and as Martensville’s population continues to rise, this need increases that much more, taking up a large monthly component of the Water and Sewer Department’s workflow.

In order to reduce this workload, the City of Martensville has looked into alternate options, which could include a City wide conversion with two options. To switch the entire City to a drive-by reading system would cost $1,472,500 (plus taxes) or for a cost of $1,584,100 (plus taxes) to convert the entire City for an automated reading system which would be controlled from a computer at City Hall. The second option would allow for information to be collected at any time with the click of a button.

Currently, the contractor that would be completing this project is working on a project in Yorkton, which is scheduled to be finished by January/February 2022. If the City of Martensville were to approve this, they would begin work following their completion in Yorkton, which could save the City approximately $200,000 due to streamlining efficiencies and lower mobilization costs.

“I would encourage Council to support this program. In the coming years we are projecting significant capital programs which would hinder this program in the future. We have received a one-time top up of the Gas Tax from the Federal government (doubling). It amounts to an extra $580,000 and I would suggest using this top up to assist in funding this program. Between the Gas Tax money and the savings from mobilization the full program can be completed for half price,” Scott Blevins, City Manager, stated.

The next City of Martensville Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 2nd at 5pm.

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