BIA boosting number of liquor booths at market

There will be six tasting stations at this summer's remaining night markets in Oak Bay

Chris Morin of Spinnakers Brewing passes out some samples as liquor sales hit the Oak Bay market this summer season.

The Business Improvement Association will add two more liquor vendors to its night markets.

The Oak Bay Village Night Markets had a small number of cancellations that opened space for these vendors, said project manager Heather Leary in a letter to the district. At the same time, Averill Creek Winery and Silverside Winery sought entry. Council OK’d the application that will make for six tasting stations for the remainder of the season – July 8, Aug. 12 and Sept. 9.

 

Paving contract awarded

Council approved a contract for asphalt milling and paving of approximately 4,500 square metres at various locations in Oak Bay. The majority of work is planned for Oak Bay Avenue and intersecting roads from Foul Bay Road to Newport Avenue. Council awarded the tender to Island Asphalt Company for the price of $270,000.

Paving started Wednesday and will run until July 3 on Oak Bay Avenue from Foul Bay Road to Newport Avenue. Access will be restricted to single-lane alternating traffic. No parking restrictions will be in place along the impacted roads.

 

 

Uplands grant application tweaked

Earlier this year, district staff pursued a grant opportunity through the Union of B.C. Municipalities for the ongoing sewer separation work in Uplands.

They submitted two applications to the Federal Gas Tax Fund Strategic Priorities Fund. One was for $3.9 million for a Pavement Management Program and a second for $1.5 million for the Uplands Combined Sewer Separation Project which included public outreach and engineering design costs but did not include any construction costs. UBCM representatives reviewed the application and invited the municipality to resubmit including those costs to increase the funding odds.

Oak Bay recently awarded a contract to McEihanney Consulting Services to undertake a pre-design study examining options for separating the existing 100-year-old combined sewer and storm water pipe in the Uplands area.

 

Staff asked Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd., the engineering firm that did preliminary work for the district on this project in previous years, to provide general costing estimates to support the application which will now have a capital cost of $20.7 million attached, based on the highest-cost alternative inflated to year 2018. Staff noted this may not be the final project costs as there are still many potential options available for the project.