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ESTEVAN — The City of Estevan’s year-end building permit report shows that construction activity was down in 2021, but the overall value of permits was up.

According to information provided at the January 10 meeting of Estevan City Council, 47 permits worth $5.47 million were issued last year, including one permit worth $1 million in December.

For comparison, in 2020 there were 53 permits worth $4.53 million.

Last year, the bulk of activity was classified as miscellaneous, with 33 permits worth $2.2 million, including December’s.

There were also 10 commercial permits worth $1.86 million last year.

Other activities included a single-family permit valued at $750,000, an institutional permit valued at $600,000 and two garages with a total value of $26,000.

Data over 10 years has also been published. The busiest year of the previous decade for activity was 2014, when 140 permits were issued, while the most lucrative year for construction value was 2013 with more than 66.2 million dollars.

There have been an average of 85 permits over the past 10 years, while the average construction value was $21.1 million.

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The city treated nearly 97.6 million liters of water and pumped 94.7 liters into the distribution system during the month. There were no disturbances in the plant and all regulated drinking water parameters were below government regulations, with the exception of aluminum. The city is currently working on tests and options to correct aluminum transfer from the clarifier.

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Council granted second and third readings of a by-law to close undeveloped road allowances around the municipal yard. An amendment was made to the by-law, with the Department of Highways recommending the addition of eight meters of road allowance for the possible future widening of Souris Avenue South.

Councilwoman Shelly Veroba said the city took this action because someone inquired about the road and why the city did not have a public road. The city is asking the public not to use the road as a lot of heavy equipment is in use. People used it as a shortcut to reach ball diamonds.

“We ask people to recognize and honor that this is now a private road,” Veroba said.

Mayor Roy Ludwig said it became a safety issue.

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Council also proceeded to second and third readings of a Land Development Services Fee By-law. It was noted that many of the fees have not changed since 2010. Many service costs have changed.

The city had to hold a public hearing on the Land Development Service Fee, with people given the opportunity to voice their concerns, but no one spoke up.

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In the inquiries portion of the meeting, Veroba asked that people not shovel snow on sidewalks or roads. If they have a fire hydrant on the property, they should clean around the hydrant, so the fire department can access it.

She also applauded those who helped a neighbor with his shoveling needs.

Councilor Lindsay Clark is concerned about the lighting in the Recreation Center parking lot. He counted nine lights out and a concerned citizen wants to know if they will be fixed.