Cablecar reservoir repair to go ahead this year with a budget bump

Fearing possible increased costs in the new year, staff recommended council bump the budget to fix the water tower.

The District of Kitimat may have to spend a bit more money to repair a water tower in Cablecar.

Council had previously approved a $50,000 budget to conduct needed repairs to one of two water towers that supply water to the rural neighbourhood.

However when put to bid the estimates from contractors well exceeded the given budget.

The closest tender was $63,397.

The town is already in discussions with the lowest bidder, however the engineering department requested a $25,000 boost to the budget to bring the entire cost to $75,000.

While the option of not repairing the tower until next year was an option, it would have limited water access in the event of any emergency. As well, the department worried that the cost for work in the new year could potentially be higher than it is now.

With that in mind they felt it was important to get the work done soon. Repairs are expected to take place this month.