A few points about the construction that is going on at the waterfront. The work being done by the developer on the developer’s property.
- The developer/contractor is presently using a city street (Water Street) as a haul road. For this to be taking place on public owned infrastructure, the City of Thunder Bay needs an agreement with the developer/contractor setting some ground rules. You know. Protect the taxpayer. The agreement needs to point out that the developer/contractor is responsible for any damage to city owned infrastructure. Things like asphalt, roadbed integrity, curb and gutter, trees etc. Anything and everything. Also that the contractor is responsible for maintaining that section of the street being used as a haul road. The street must be kept clean and well kept at all time. After the work is done, the developer/contractor must return everything to original or better than original condition. The developer/contractor shall ensure that there is sufficient public liability insurance. The haul road will contain all appropriate signing required to provide a safe environment for people accessing the park whether by vehicle or pedestrian.
- The vehicle used by the contractor must meet all licencing and safety requirements required by the Province of Ontario for vehicle operating on public streets and highways. The vehicle plus load must be weighed and cannot exceed the legal load limit for city streets. When half loads are in effect, then that apples as well. Allowing the developer/contractor to use a vehicle that is not licenced to operate on the street or highway leaves the City of Thunder Bay open to litigation should an injury to a member of the public occur.
- The area that is being used as a dump site meet or exceed all provincial environment rules and regulations for such an operation.
There are likely more. I’m sure our City Administrative personnel have already typed up this agreement and it has been signed by the proper representatives of the developer/contractor. I believe it is necessary to protect the City and the public.
Also, the work that is now going on is being done by a private firm on private property and I believe no longer is part of the public portion of the development. Therefore, I also believe that the developer/contractor should pay the City rent for the land being used to dump the material. This additional income will help Mr. Commisso reach some of his CityLean targets. Every penny counts. Perhaps, the developer could donate that money to the disaster relief fund. Or maybe that would be money laundering?
I’m surprised that there have not been more public donations to the fund from our local construction industry.
Signs are required on both approaches to the dump site entrance to let drivers know that trucks are entering ahead.
New haul entrance from site. This allows vehicle to avoid “do not enter” sign. It is very close to an intersection, however. . Does the fence inhibit visibility by driver exiting construction site? Did anyone check? Does anyone care? Who has right of way? Does Manshield sign inhibit visibility in regards to pedestrians/cyclists/
This stuff is important. Contractors do not do things voluntarily because it costs money and is generally a pain in the butt. Remember that the public and public owned infrastructure need to be protected. The developer and the contractor have to pay for that protection and our City Administrators’ jobs are to ensure that the developer/contractor does what is required. The work is being done in a city park.
So who is supposed to be looking out for us taxpayers down there? So far, nobody.
Mr. Commisso always threatens cuts in service or higher taxes. So where is the service?