Capital projects approved in principle

MAPLETON – Township council approved, in principle, a list of  capital projects to allow staff to move forward on the procurement process in advance of the 2023 budget.

A staff report presented at the Jan. 10 Mapleton council meeting includes a proposed $7.75 million 2023 capital budget for the municipality.

“There is a proposal to approve today the capital projects to the purchase order stage, which means going out to the RFP (request for proposals) so that we can get the best rates,” explained Mayor Gregg Davidson.

Public works director Jamie Morgan advised council staff are ready to proceed on a number of projects, pending approval of council.

“I did have conversation with one of our engineering firms. We’re ready to tender one of our bridges and they’ve been talking to local contractors and bridge companies. There’s not a lot (of RFPs) out there right now. So the timing is good right now to get those out there to get the best deals,” said Morgan.

The proposed capital budget is funded through about $4.02 million in reserve fund withdrawals, $414,989 from development charges, $1,995,840 in conditional grant funding, $991,573 in unconditional grants and a $333,865 allocation from the federal gas tax.