Work has been completed along Souris Avenue, north of Estevan. 

"The final costs haven't come in yet for the final phase yet," said City Manager, Jeff Ward. "But Council has mandated that they were looking at around $60,000 over the three year period to get it done."

"Everyone might wonder why it was done in the first phase with the planters and then the bricks came in later at the end of the season. It's because Council at that time had discussions that it was better instead of phasing them, let's do it right, let's make it look good so it doesn't look like it's something we're doing halfway through."

"I believe that last section, we had budgeted $60,000 this year but because of the way Kensington Greens is playing out, one of the budgeted initiatives is to mound Kensington Greens so it had proper drainage. If anyone has walked through there, it's a very tough area to grow there. There's alkaline and the drainage is very minimal from the original design. Hopefully, with some of the groundwork that is being done there right now, we should be able to make that a lush grass area that people enjoy walking through."

"Because that wasn't phased until next year, we used some of that budget money to finish that north median project this year. It came in at a total of $90,000 instead of the $60,000 that was budgeted but we haven't spent the additional money on Kensington Greens."

Council will take another look at that project at the next budget time to see what else needs to be done.

Ward added that he and the Parks Manager would like to carry the same theme throughout the City.

"The north entrance is one of the cleanest entrances the City has and I think Council and myself all agree that we really want to showcase that coming in. We have carried the same theme through in other areas. If you look at the corner of King and Kohaly, there were great flowers there this year. "

Some residents have voiced their thoughts that they would prefer green spaces rather than brick and stonework. residents are being encouraged to share their thoughts through the surveys the City has created. 

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"A clean city is a green city and you can tell, especially in May when we got some rain and everyone's grass was lush, it adds to the whole appeal of the city and those north medians the same as well as the new irrigation that was put down on King Street last year. You can really tell it spruces up the drive. We're always going to be looking to upgrade parks."

Ward also noted that the City is able to apply for grants based on how they fared during the Communities in Bloom competition.

"We'll be talking to that committee next year and hopefully we'll be able to get some grant funding out of that."

He added that when work is being done, they would appreciate if drivers would slow down and keep those workers safe. 

 

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