Hawkesbury town council approved its 2019 budget in January, and that allowed municipal departments to get started early on capital projects.  At the February 25 council meeting, progress on significant capital projects was highlighted in reports from department heads.

Planning continues for this year’s $534,400 reconstruction of Cameron Street between Main Street and Lansdowne Street.  A new storm and sanitary sewer, and watermain will be installed.  The town has applied for permits from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks, and other plans are being finalized so work can begin.

A concrete retaining wall on Clement Street will be replaced this spring and summer.  The budget for that project is $300,000.

The extension of Tessier Street, east of Tupper Street near the soon-to-be built Ecolomondo plant will begin in the spring.  The budget for that project is $600,000.

Planning for the replacement of the bridge deck, sidewalks, and rails on the Cécile Bridge on Main Street is ongoing.  The work will be completed this spring with a budget of $10,000.

A traffic impact study worth $10,000 has been conducted for the intersection of Cameron Street with Amoco and Alexander Siversky Streets.  Results are expected shortly and will be used to determine if traffic lights should be installed at the intersection, which is located near the busy Highway 17 shopping centre area, and property that is soon to be developed for more commercial uses.

Completion of reconstruction work on Cecile Boulevard between Garneau Street and Edmond Street will resume in spring.  The target date for completion is June 28.  The project started in 2018 with a budget of more than $1.1 million.

In the Clerk’s Department, Computers for the council table have been ordered as part of the plan for council to go paperless and use all-electronic agendas.  After that, the town will decide which software provider to use for electronic agenda management.  Conversion to the new system is expected to take six to 12 weeks.  The budget for the change to electronic agendas is $17,600.