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Timmins council meets tonight, here's what's on the agenda

Members will be talking about road and bridge contracts, an update on the airport and more
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Timmins City Hall on Algonquin Boulevard. Maija Hoggett/TimminsToday

Timmins council is back in action tonight. 

The group is meeting for the first time this month, with the agenda tackling an airport update, roads and more. 

Here's some of what's up for discussion tonight: 

  • There's an update on the Victor M. Power Airport, detailing the airlines using the Timmins facility, as well as talks that have been happening to increase some passenger services. While usage isn't back to pre-pandemic levels, the report notes that the numbers are increasing and Timmins has more flights than other regional airports of the same size. There's also good news — an extra Air Canada flight is being added next month, but Porter hasn't indicated it will be doing the same. Read the full report here.
  • With work expected on the Evans Street bridge in South Porcupine next year, council is being asked to give the go-ahead to a $742,433 contract with Associated Engineering (Ont.) Ltd. for the design and contract administration. The staff report recommends fully replacing the bridge because the wood is severely deteriorated and rotting. Associated Engineering was the highest bidder and had the highest scoring proponent. The project is not budgeted for this year, and staff is suggesting using winter maintenance cost savings to cover the $329,458 that would be spent in 2024. The remaining amount would be added to the 2025 capital budget. 
  • Miller Paving could be getting a $5.3 million contract for paving work. The tender includes 3.5 kilometres of grind and pave, spreading asphalt grinding on Kraft Creek and Mahoney roads, five kilometres of rural road surface treatment, paving Crawford Street/Ferguson Road, repaving the Terry Fox Trail between Dalton and Bannerman, creating an accessible walking path at Roy Nicholson Park, paving the Sportsplex parking lot entrance, and 4.9 kilometres of optional paving. The full report is here.
  • A new tenant could be moving into the former Confederation arena, and an existing one is ready to renew its agreement with the city. Timmins Fitness Alternatives has asked the city to use the space at the Cameron Street facility. If approved, the business will rent 11,465 square feet for $2.65 per square foot, which would generate an unexpected $30,382 in rent for the city this year. Rock and Gold Gymnastics is looking to renew its contract for 14,596 square feet at the building. Both of the suggested leases are for one year because the future of the building is unknown. 
  • There are four items put on the agenda by councillors without links to more information. Coun. Bill Gvozdanovic is talking about a vacant home tax and seniors' fair. Coun. Andrew Marks has added a temporary stop sign on Sixth Avenue during Connecting Link construction, which was originally on an April agenda but removed because Marks wasn't at the meeting. Finally, Coun. Rock Whissell is talking about the Cochrane District Social Services Board (CDSSAB) surplus fund levy return.

None of the items have been approved. 

The full agenda is available online here.

Timmins council meets at 6 p.m. at Timmins city hall.  Watch the meeting live online here.