City of Wetaskiwin seeks Jubilee Park, Main Street interface design

Design back before council July 8 for decision

The City of Wetaskiwin is moving forward with a interface design to tie together the redesign projects of Jubilee Park and Main Street Revitalization Project Phase 3.

City council authorized administration to complete a detailed design on the Jubilee Park/Main Street interface and, if the design is approved at a later date by council, administration is authorized to proceed with the project to construction if the estimate is within budget.

The decision, which came during council’s June 26 meeting, was not unanimous, as councillors Joe Branco and Patricia MacQuarrie opposed.

“I oppose this. Simple reason, we have other priorities. Our roads are falling apart,” said Branco, who made it clear he feels the interface should not be a priority as other community infrastructure needs the attention and funding. He added it is a project that could be brought back at a later date.

“I’d rather see us finishing Main Street,” said Branco. “My gut feeling is no.”

The next step for administration is to direct the consultant to complete a detailed design which will be presented to council July 8, 2017 for final discussion and direction.

The project’s budget was mentioned briefly during the council meeting. However, no numbers were released, as it was stated that could jeopardize the tender process.