Lions ready to begin work on splash pad


By Barb McKay


The Kincardine Lions Club splash pad is truly becoming a community project.


Last Wednesday, Kincardine council agreed to award the contract to the project to Open Space Solutions Inc. on the basis that the company will carry it out as a Community Build project. That means Open Space Solutions will work with local contractors and even volunteers to complete the splash pad.


Although the Waterloo-based company did not submit the lowest bid, coming in at $247,609, it rated high in the evaluation that was part of the request for proposals. Points were awarded to applicants based on their ability to successfully manage a Community Build project, references, cost, play value, safety, durability, appearance of equipment and warranty.


Recreation director Karen Kieffer said she spoke Open Space Solutions has completed Community Build projects in Exeter, Stratford and Belmont.


“I spoke with two of those municipalities and got glowing recommendations,” she said.


John McManus of the Kincardine Lions Club said the next step will be for municipal staff and Lions to get together with local contractors to show them a breakdown of the work plan from Open Space Solutions. The first phase of construction will be the building that will house the water system and pumps and the public washroom building. McManus said the club hopes that will be completed this fall.


Councillor Candy Hewitt asked if any consideration had been given to improving the traffic flow from the Davidson Centre onto Durham Street. CAO Murray Clarke said that during the public works department capital budget meeting improvements had been discussed and staff will be recommending an engineering study be completed.


Councillor Jacqueline Faubert noted that the Kincardine Police Services Board will be looking into the possibility of making that area a community safety zone.