REPORTING · 4th May 2015
Kitimat City Council received a report on Monday, April 20th to renew road line painting contract extension. Councillor Claire Rattee wanted to know if this was something the District had to contract out.
She was told by administration there has been a contractor doing their line painting for a number of years, because they use specialized, expensive, equipment which the District would have to purchase if they wanted to do the work.
Councillor Larry Walker suggested using cost sharing, partnering with another community to reduce the costs.
Councillor Mario Feldhoff asked if they should do the contracting out at this time because there are a lot of dirt and pebbles which would obscure the lines. The response was they typically do the sweeping before the line painting. He was told some areas are clean and others would have to be delayed. However, the line painting company is from Terrace and they can respond to local issues, such as the strike.
Rattee wanted to know why the price has gone up. She was told the previous contract was a five year contract, so the current contract represents 5 years of accumulations. The pricing is the same as in Terrace and Smithers.
Mayor Phil Germuth asked why line painting does not seem to last as long as it used to. The reply is there were environmental changes in the paint and there have been complaints across the board as to how long it stays on the road. The District tried putting it down thicker to see if it would last.
How long it lasts is affected by weather and other things which go on in the community.
Walker suggested getting a laminate on the asphalt in high traffic areas, such as crosswalks. He asked if they have looked at it. The answer was yes, they have looked at them and the District found it does not adequately perform due to snow removal.
A motion was made for Council to approve a two year renewal to the program for an estimated annual price of $56,000 per year. The motion was called and carried.