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REPORTING · 21st July 2015
Walter McFarlane
A Committee of the Whole meeting of Kitimat City Council on Monday, July 13th began with an emergency item, the need to repair the Cable Car Reservoir. Councillor Mario Feldhoff moved the motion, to approve engaging an engineering firm to prepare a report on the remedial repairs to the reservoir.

A report to Council from Director of Engineering, Tim Gleig explained: “A 125,000 Imperial Gallon concrete water reservoir was built to serve cable car in 1975. An additional 125, Imperial Gallon tank was added in 1996. The function of these reservoirs is used to supply potable water from storage when water demands exceed the supply capacity and to provide storage for firefighting. We have recently become aware of concrete degradation in the original tank constructed in 1975.”

Councillor Claire Rattee asked if they had an estimate from the engineering firm. She was told by Gleig they had called out for an expression of interest from qualified people which would close Friday the 18th, later that week.

Councillor Rob Goffinet wanted to know if the District was going to have the engineers look at the tank from 1996. The explanation from Gleig was it will be looked at as well, but the main concern was the older reservoir.

Feldhoff stated the reason why this did not come up at budget time, it was not expected. Gleig told him Cable Car had the only concrete reservoir in town and it was expected to last a long time. When they noticed some degradation in May, they came to the conclusion that it had degraded quite a bit since the last time they had inspected it.

The report to Council explained the construction season is already half over and if the work is to be completed this year, time is of the essence.

“With Council’s approval, we propose to use the water utility operational account, overspending if necessary, for these engineering services,” wrote Gleig.

The motion was called and carried.
Engineer?
Comment by Rory Brown on 22nd July 2015
Help me out here. The city has an engineer on staff, paid very well, whos job is what? To tell council they need to hire an engineer to do the city engineering? If all the city engineering is being hired out, what are we paying Tim Gleig for?