By Kenyon Stronski
The issue of Taber’s street lighting and downtown sidewalk has been a reoccurring issue brought back to council since September.
Coun. Jack Brewin created the original motion for administration to investigate options and possibilities to address the paving stones on main street. Following that, council asked administration to look into the street lighting on 48 Avenue, and it was discovered that all but one streetlight has 250-watt lighting which, according to the agenda is, “very close to meeting Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) standards.”
Gary Scherer, Taber’s director of Engineering and Public Works, took the stand to open the presentation regarding the sidewalks during council’s regular meeting on April 11.
“As requested, we brought this back and had another look at it. Council leaned towards not having cement in the bulb-outs and really I agree. The paving stones looked good, they had good decorative features. So, we came back with better pricing as you can see. The cost for normal concrete is $356,000, coloured is $378,000, and this is just in front of the businesses as we discussed. We were just looking for an alternative for council rather than paving stones if that’s something you would prefer and then we will get into the street lighting.”
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