Crumbling concrete and other council tidbits

Tyler Clarke
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Concrete is seen crumbling along the pedestrian sidewalk along the Diefenbaker bridge, exposing the rebar underneath. 

The Diefenbaker bridge has proven a Pandora’s box of dissatisfaction at city hall.


At Monday’s city council meeting, the city’s elected officials are expected to delve deeper into their bridge-related frustrations in discussing pier inspections.

At this week’s executive committee meeting, Coun. Don Cody provided a hint of things to come at Monday’s meeting by citing a number of problems with the latest inspection.

The pier inspection, he noted, only covered the underwater part of the piers.

“I would have thought the whole piers was inspected, not just a part of the pier,” he said.

Salt has eroded the upper area of the piers, resulting in various areas of exposed rebar. Although the city uses a salt mix in their sand, the province uses straight salt on highways, resulting in the tracking in of salt on the bridge.

As such, despite the Jan. 10, 2013 Prince Albert Area Second Bridge River Crossing Study and the recent pier study, the full state of the Diefenbaker bridge remains unknown.

At this week’s meeting, Mayor Greg Dionne suggested that another province-funded study should be looked into.

The following are some of the other noteworthy items expected to come up at Monday’s city council meeting, set to begin in council chambers at 4 p.m.


• A 94-unit senior housing building at 19 Guy Drive is up for a public hearing on Monday -- more of a formality than anything, Mayor Greg Dionne summarized this week.

Council has already approved the land’s rezoning to accommodate the structure -- a four-storey Caleb Group Retirement community.

Although they’ve tentatively approved the project, Monday’s meeting will include the voice of at least one concerned resident, with Dave Towers noting that the building will result in area traffic congestion.

With 94 units and 40 full-time jobs after construction, he’s questioning both the facility’s parking situation and the potential for traffic issues in the area.


• The federal building at 1288 Central Avenue will be up for debate, with Coun. Rick Orr suggesting at this week’s executive committee meeting that the city should consider taking ownership of the feds’ surplus building.

Orr will face opposition, with Dionne noting that Orr’s suggestion comes at a time when he’s urging council to vote in favour of divesting itself of existing buildings.


• Various roofing projects are being proposed, with city council poised to reject a $205,000 re-roofing project at the old city yards.

They’re also poised to question a $25,000 roofing project at the Alfred Jenkins Field House -- a four-year-old facility.


• A disk golf course, paid for and maintained by the Cosmopolitan Club, has been proposed for Mair Park, with council set to make a decision on Monday.


• A Veselka rainbow sign over the Ukrainian cairn at the South Hill Cemetery will be considered. The Veselka Prince Albert and District Ukrainian Heritage Club commissioned the $16,000 sign’s construction in 2004 after a verbal agreement with the city that subsequently fell through.

Now, a decade later, they’re having a second go at the effort.

Organizations: Prince Albert, Caleb Group Retirement, Alfred Jenkins Field House Cosmopolitan Club Veselka Prince Albert and District Ukrainian Heritage Club

Geographic location: Bridge River, 1288 Central Avenue, Mair Park

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