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BIG IMPROVEMENTS COMING – City council voted has unanimously in favour of a partnership agreement that will see bumpy Tlingit Street reconstucted.

Agreement approved for Tlingit Street work

City council has agreed to partner with the Kwanlin Dün First Nation on the reconstruction of Tlingit Street in the Marwell industrial area.

By Whitehorse Star on March 31, 2020

City council has agreed to partner with the Kwanlin Dün First Nation on the reconstruction of Tlingit Street in the Marwell industrial area.

Council voted unanimously in favour of the partnership agreement at its meeting Monday evening.

The partnership is being lauded as an example of how the city and Kwanlin Dun can work together on projects of mutual benefit.

The city has budgeted $6.3 million for the reconstruction work.

The project includes new underground sanitary mains, storm sewers, concrete curb and gutter and a new asphalt surface from Platinum Road to Copper Road.

“The construction of this project is funded by a combination of city reserves, the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program funded by the federal and territorial governments, and a contribution from the Kwanlin Dün First Nation,” says the administrative report prepared for council.

“This is a unique partnership scenario with all four levels of government contributing to a project. The project is in keeping with the Declaration of Commitment with local First Nations to seek out partnerships for economic opportunities.”

Tlingit Street runs in front of Lot 226, or commonly referred to as Kwanlin Dun’s old village site, which has been fenced off.

Under the agreement, Kwanlin Dun will contribute $400,000 of pit run gravel and crushed aggregate.

Kwanlin Dun is to stockpile the material at its McLean Lake pit, and the city will be responsible for transporting it to the construction site.

Should the city require more gravel, the agreement stipulates it shall buy the material from the First Nation in an amount not to exceed $100,000.

The agreement approved by council waives the public bidding process for the additional supply of gravel if needed.

It also allows the city to stockpile on Lot 266 any clean, granular material it needs to excavate during the reconstruction project, though it must be deemed to be free of any hydrocarbons and such.

Completion of the underground and surface work is scheduled for this year, with landscaping to follow next year.

Coun. Laura Cabott noted the project benefits Kwanlin Dun by opening up the door to the development of Lot 266 while providing the city with the ability to procure the supply of granular material.

In keeping with the requirement to ensure physical distancing in these days of COVID-19, the council chambers were closed to the general public for Monday’s meeting, as it was last week for the first time.

Deputy mayor Dan Boyd chaired the meeting and was the only member of council in the chambers. Mayor Dan Curtis and the other members of council participated by phone.

The six elected councillors take turns serving as deputy mayor, in stints of two months at a time.

Comments (7)

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Brent on Apr 4, 2020 at 12:06 am

@Don't understand - Don't tell me that your willing to join the lowest form of Yukon resident we have, the "civic parasite". C'mon man where's your pride?

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JC on Apr 1, 2020 at 4:47 pm

Bingo, actually it's called liberal vote getting. It's being done all across Canada. Especially Roxham Road in Quebec where tens of thousands of illegals were allowed in and many still being welcomed as I write. Not a conservative among them.

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Bingo on Apr 1, 2020 at 10:09 am

Trying to figure the numbers...city budgets 6.3 million KDFN budgets 400k to upgrade a road that will benefit KDFN more than anything...this is called and great example of a working collaboration....?

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Max Mack on Apr 1, 2020 at 8:30 am

$6.3 million is supposedly the city's bill for this work, for which the FN will be the primary beneficiary? How much of this free money is this going to cost me?
Everyone else in this town is expected to pony up by paying extra taxes or local improvement charges.

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Jim on Mar 31, 2020 at 8:04 pm

One had better hope that there is some vision going forward that requires this little strip of road to require 6.3 million upgrade. Curbs, gutters and landscaping, are you kidding? Drive around Marwell. There is not a curb, gutter or street landscaping east of Quartz. Not even in NVD’s little industrial park. Is this just a favour to Kwanlin Dun for their new proposed leased industrial lots? Is there no LIC for land owners? So I guess when our fearless city administrators said “there are no winners and losers. But some just win more than others”, this is the type of scenario they were talking about. Some of us are paying for our crappy pavement at a 50% cost factor. But hey, let’s pull out all the stops on this one small section of road. Let’s see how much of this project goes out for actual tender. Or will the gifts just keep flowing.

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Don't understand on Mar 31, 2020 at 4:40 pm

My tax dollars going to fix roads and they can't even properly plow the country residential roads when they are asked to. Big taxes and not a lot of services provided to country residential. Time to move just outside the City limits.

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Politico on Mar 31, 2020 at 2:26 pm

Finally after 40 years I've been here and people have been complaining about this it might actually get done. Well, it could be Convid 19 fever but we'll hope for the best!

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