The District of Houston has completed a bidding process and has selected TRUE Consulting as the successful contractor to design and oversee construction of a new water reservoir and transmission line for the District's water service. The aging water reservoir will be replaced and retrofitted once the new reservoir is operational.
The District anticipates the design phase to be completed before spring of 2017, with construction to begin following the design phase. The new Reservoir is anticipated to be fully operational by fall of 2017.
The District of Houston will be undertaking improvements to the Community Hall's sound system and facilities over the course of the year. A new sound system will be purchased to replace the existing one. Roofing, lighting and acoustic upgrades will also be made to the facility.
Jamie Baxter Park is the District's prime outdoor recreation area, complimented by an amphitheatre, ball diamond, bike park, playground, and an open field. The Park has the potential to become a superb recreation area for residents once additional investments are made, as identified by the Master Parks Plan. Until the completion of the Master Parks & Recreation Plan, the District will be replacing the bathroom facilities, picnic tables, and garbage barrels at Jamie Baxter Park.
In 2015, a consultant was retained to review the electrical system at the Arena to identify any deficiencies and upgrades required in order to operate the ice plant at the Arena and to bring the system up to code. The next phase will consist of tendering the design and installation of the upgraded electrical system, with some construction expected to occur this year.
As a result of increased usage of By-Mac Park, the District of Houston has initiated the process to revitalize By-Mac Park as a destination recreation site for residents and visitors alike. Council has authorized funding for improvements to By-Mac Park, and has formed the By-Mac Park Revitalization Committee to advise on upgrades to the park and recreation site. Improvements will include boat launch upgrades, an expansion of the number of camping spaces available, and adding advertising space.
Following the replacement of 20 lights in the downtown core with new LED Street lighting, which significantly reduced the wattage used by the District, the District will be engaging in a four year replacement plan to replace all District owned street lights with LED Lighting, which will reduce the carbon footprint of the District, reduce energy costs over the long term, and improving night time visuals by increasing the output of light. At present, a replacement plan is being developed.
The final phase of the design and construction of the new Mountainview Cemetery will consist of the production of a map for the gazebo, installation of row and plot markers, and the mounting of the map onto the gazebo. The project will assist residents in locating the remains of their loved ones.
The Northside Park Parking Lot & Emergency Turning were subgraded last year, and this year the access from 3rd Street, culvert, and gravel surface are scheduled to be installed this year.
The Sanitary Sewer Lagoon Outfall was designed in 2015, and the next step is the construction of the outfall. The new outfall will replacement and relocation of the existing one, improving the efficiency of the sewer lagoon outfall. In addition, river training will be conducted to improve the fish habitat along the river.
In 2017, the District successfully secured funding for this project through the Canada-British Columbia Clean Water & Wastewater Fund, and will be proceeding to the construction phase of this project within the next year.
The District of Houston has adopted a new slogan and branding program, advertising to the world that Houston is Naturally Amazing. As part of the transition to the new branding program, Thornley Creative were contracted to design branded entrance signs, which were provided to the community for feedback via a public survey. Once a final design has been selected, Council will make a decision on the final design before replacing the signs.
The District of Houston has budgeted $50,000 for the replacement of one pick-up truck in its fleet.