News City Hall notes: Connecting link reconstruction extended by 9 years; councillor likes new ice resurfacer SHARE ON: Bob McIntyre, staff Friday, Oct. 11th, 2019 (City of Timmins) CONNECTING LINK The timeline to complete reconstruction of the Highway 101 connecting link through Timmins has been extended, from a completion target of 2025, to 2034. The connecting link runs just over 21 km from Porcupine to Kamiskotia Road. Completion of the rebuilding of Rae Hill this past summer puts it at the one-quarter mark. Pat Seguin(Bob McIntyre, MyTimminsNow.com staff) The city’s public works and engineering director, Pat Seguin, said this week that extending the timeline to 2034 makes if more cost effective. The decision is based on the condition of the underground infrastructure – in other words, pipes. “If a phase is in 2034, it’s because we feel that the underground piping will last that long, and we’re able to rehabilitate it then,.” he told council. The most ambitious portion of the work happens next summer, between Theriault Boulevard and the Mattagami bridge. NEW ICE RESURFACER Ward 5 city councillor Kristin Murray is very happy with the purchase of a new Zamboni ice resurfacer for the Mountjoy Arena. She seconded the motion at this week’s council meeting to spend the $127,000 for the new machine. Kristin Murray(Bob McIntyre, MyTimminsNow.com) She said what really impressed her is that the Zamboni will be powered by electricity. “So I was actually really thrilled,” she remarked “I researched it a little bit, so I really appreciate the fact that we’re looking at environmentally friendly products in our corporation.” It will be a year before the new machine can be delivered.