The second contract awarded was for the replacement of seven overhead doors at the fire hall that had been in service for over 20 years and are deteriorating, causing heat loss and increased repair costs for the building. The contract was awarded to Dice Petroleum for just under $23,000.Lastly, a contract was awarded to complete the NAR (Northern Alberta Railways) Museum Foundation Stabilization Project. The project scope was divided into three stages with each stage encompassing roughly one third of the building, but due to the bids received for the project last year coming in to high only phase 2 and phase 3 were completed, leaving the east end of the building, where the museum and interpretive centre are located, incomplete. That phase of the project has been awarded to Hegge Construction, the firm responsible for completing the other two phases of the project, and the only company to bid on the last phase.Chute said with the exception of the Reclaimed Water Plant and truck fill station tender, the above mentioned tenders received only two, one or no bids.“This is unfortunately the environment we work in – we are lucky to get tenders for any of our work,” said Chute. “It has a negative, upward pressure on pricing when there are so few bidders.”Advertisement Mississauga-based firm Maple Reinders was the low bid received and was awarded the contract for the final phase of the Reclaimed Water Project – a joint initiative between the City of Dawson Creek and Shell Canada – at a cost of about $5.76 million. Under an agreement reached last year, Shell will reimburse the city for the cost of constructing the reclaimed water plant, while city taxpayers will cover the cost of building the truck fill station.The first phase of the Reclaimed Water Project involved the construction of three Submerged Attached Growth Reactors (SAGR) cells and associated facilities and site work. Chief administrative officer Jim Chute said the total project remains on budget and on time, providing the microbial community required for the SAGR cells is provided ample time and conditions to grow.In total, Shell will provide $9.75 million towards the cost of the project and the city will provide an estimated $1.5 million. In exchange, Shell retains the rights to the first 3,400 cubic metres per day of the reclaimed water over a 10-year period and the city has the rights to the next 1,100 cubic metres per day, with any additional product being evenly split between the two parties, with Shell paying for its share.- Advertisement -Council’s intent for the project was to reduce the demand from the oil and gas industry in the area on the city’s potable bulk water by offering the treated effluent as an alternative.Council also awarded two contracts related to fire protection in the city.The first was to upgrade a water supply line to a fire curtain – a structure designed to prevent fires from spreading to other buildings – inside the Memorial Arena in order to meet current BC Building Code standards. The tender for the work closed July 12 with no bids received, and as a result city staff secured a sole-source contract worth $35,500 from B3 Fire Protection. Staff reported that the bid meets the tender specifications and is within the project budget, and that the firm contracted id capable of completing all areas identified in the tender package.Advertisement
In preparation for the total eclipse, I read “American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World,” by David Baron. I highly recommend this read if you are a history and/or science nerd. It details the total solar eclipse of 1878 that swept the wild west and even what Denver was like around that time. It had just enough science in it that I knew what I was looking up at when the moon started making its way across the sun.“For three glorious minutes, I felt transported to another planet, indeed to a higher plane of reality, as my consciousness departed the earth and I gaped at an alien sky … I felt something I had never experienced before — a visceral connection to the universe …” -David BaronWe spent the weekend getting to know Greyrocks Reservoir in Wyoming in preparation for the big show on Monday morning. We set up camp Friday morning along the shore of the reservoir and began the waiting game. Greyrocks Reservoir sits just north of Wheatland, Wyoming, solidly inside the line of totality. It touted unbearable heat during the day, and gloriously breezy, perfectly temperature evenings. We slept with the van doors open and let the nighttime air relax us to sleep. Mornings were spent staring into the endless blue sky wondering how everything would change.Saturday and Sunday were filled with friends and family slowly filtering in, setting up tents and ez ups, sharing food, drinks, and excitement for Monday morning. We cooled off in the reservoir and let the dogs run around in the mud. We put our chairs in a circle and talked about how it felt not as crowded as we expected and like we had our own little plot of beachfront property. It was like any old ordinary camping trip, but with a major celestial event happening at the end. If you like the gear we’re reppin’, or what we’re wearing, check out some of the sponsors that make this tour possible: La Sportiva, Crazy Creek, National Geographic, RovR Products, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, LifeStraw, and Lowe Alpine. I’m sure every other article about the eclipse tells you you shouldn’t miss it. This one is no different. It exceeded our expectations. This world is a huge, incredible place, and magic still exists, even if it’s scientific magic. Standing under the dark sun with a handful of friends and family is life marker. I will never forget the feeling I had as the moon finally moved fully over the sun, and the world went dark in the middle of the day. Witnessing the moon slowly blot out the sun, and stars appear in the sky during daylight hours, is a once in a lifetime experience. The crickets chirped and the horizon line glowed pink and orange. The corona around the black hole where the sun used to be shimmered with an otherworldly gleam. Everyone I was with screamed with joy and nervousness. For three minutes of totality during the eclipse, the world was a completely unfamiliar place, even though we had made that campsite home for the past three days.