Councillors with the City of Kenora have approved new contracts worth about $6.8 million for a variety of infrastructure work for the community, with much of it set to take place this summer.

During a Council meeting on April 19, councillors debated and later approved a variety of work in the community, including sewer and water reconstruction work, paving projects, line painting and design work for the new Chipman Pocket Park and renovations at the Operations Centre.

Councillors approved a $3.4 million contract with Titan Contractors for the reconstruction of sewer and water infrastructure at 4 locations, including two blocks on Second Street South, Seventh Avenue South and Second Avenue South.

Councillors then approved a $3.1 million contract with Pioneer Construction for municipal paving projects, including work on the second phase of Kenora’s Railway Street Project, Highway 17 East, resurfacing a portion of Ninth Street North and a laneway resurfacing project.

The $3.1 million came from a variety of sources, including $788,000 from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, $164,000 from the Northern Ontario Resource Development Support Fund, $137,000 from Federal Gas Tax funding and $52,000 from the Future Land Development Reserve.

Work on the Railway Street project includes utility pole realignment this year, ahead of the third phase of the Railway Street project in 2023. Currently, the city says they’re working with a consultant on options for the 16th Avenue North Railway crossing, which is included in the third phase of work.

When completed, Kenora’s revamped Railway Street is expected to include 1.5 metres of paved shoulders, sidewalks between 10th Avenue South and 16th Avenue South, a new underground sewer, water and storm mains, street light replacements and a repaved road surface.

Staff with the city later presented a contract on the Chipman Street Pocket Park, the next phase of Kenora’s downtown revitalization, which includes a pedestrian-friendly space and a new self-cleaning public washroom.

Councillors approved spending $418,000 in the 2022 Capital Budget to redevelop the space, using Municipal Accommodation Tax funding. During this week’s council meeting, councillors approved a $27,000 contract with Brook McIlroy Inc. for the provision of professional services for the project.

Councillors later approved a $204,000 project with North-West Lines Ltd for the Urban Street and Highway Line Marking project, but the city did have to scale back the scope of the project to meet budget demands. However, the city saw all of its lines painted in 2021.

The last item for council saw a $104,000 contract reached with GW Architecture Inc. for design and construction documentation and administration for renovations at Kenora’s Operations Centre.