Town moving forward on plans for new trail

August 20, 2014   ·   0 Comments

Orangeville Council has moved forward with plans to develop a trail from Amelia Street and Credit Meadows to the west end of the Orangeville District Secondary School field.

The project was approved in 2013, and at Council on Monday night a report was received from R.J. Burnside and Associates to select the chosen contractor to construct the trail.

R.J. Burnside and Associates received seven proposals in a bid by contractors for the project, which they reviewed with Councillor Jeremy Williams, staff from Parks and Recreation and members of the Treasury. Out of the seven proposals, after serious review by R.J. Burnside, they selected Whispering Pines Landscaping.

The report from R.J. Burnside recommended that “Council approve the proposal from Whispering Pines Landscaping, and that the Mayor and Clerk be authorized to enter into an agreement with Whispering Pines Landscaping as per the terms and conditions of the RFQ and their proposal.”

The current trail is an unofficial one utilized by local residents and students, and crosses areas of concern by the Credit Valley Conservation. The Town worked with the CVC to develop a plan to construct a trail which would include boardwalks over areas of concern.

“A lot of kids who walk from all those subdivisions will be really happy, as that’s the most direct route for them to get to school,” said Mayor Rob Adams on Monday night.

The project budget approved in 2013 was for $175,000 and the proposal from Whispering Pines Landscaping came in at $99,852.45. The company is a local Orangeville Company and have experience in similar projects.

Currently, there are negotiations in the works to potentially develop a second trail to the south side of the area.

“We are still undergoing discussions regarding the south side,” explained Councillor Jeremy Williams.

“The CVC currently has concerns about whether or not there would be enough foot traffic on that side to warrant another trail.”

Council voted unanimously to accept the proposal and move forward with the project.

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