Local Briefs

Pennsylvania-based firm secures $331,440 town procurement

Evoqua Water Technologies, a U.S.-centred company that has an office in New Brunswick, was awarded a six-figure deal to supply a rotating biological contactor (RBC) assembly drive unit and bearings - material needed for the treatment process in Bridgewater's sewer plant.

Staff at the LaHave Street facility routinely evaluate, repair or replace existing assemblies as some are reaching end-of-service life, the town's environmental services manager Audrey Buchanan said in a written report to civic politicians.

The cost is over budget but the project includes an "extra safety feature that prevents crushing in the event someone is within the range of the RBC during operation," Buchanan explained.

Bridgewater's wastewater treatment plant was built in 1990 and the town has authorized a series of spending measures over the past few months to ensure aging equipment is replaced on the site.

Motorist hurt when Honda Civic strikes tree

A Bridgewater man experienced a medical issue before his Honda Civic plowed into a tree.

First responders were summoned to the corner of Cornwallis Street and Scotia Street, on Bridgewater's west side, where the car accident took place, just before 4 p.m., September 21.

The driver, in his 60s, was the only person in the car, the Bridgewater Police Service said. The man went into "medical distress" prior to the collision and no charges are pending, Danny MacPhee, the town's deputy chief of police, told LighthouseNOW.

The injured driver sustained facial injuries, was assessed and treated by paramedics, and taken to South Shore Regional Hospital for additional examination.

In addition to police and paramedics, the town's volunteer fire department also responded to the incident.

The accident resulted in temporary traffic restrictions in the area as emergency crews worked the scene and law enforcement investigated.

Town goes over-budget to award job to local company

Bridgewater forked over an extra $4,400-and-change to award a job to a local company to complete changes to the town hall heat pump system.

Harry Rhyno's Refrigeration, of Bridgewater, will be paid $43,504 to make the modifications. Civic politicians recently authorized the arrangement.

The existing system at the Pleasant Street town hall has been subject of "numerous issues including difficulties controlling a reasonable climate within the building and compressor failures" since original installation in 2013, Bridgewater's inspection and facilities manager, Graham Hopkins, explained to town council in a written report.

"Staff determined that the best action would be to phase in the renovations per floor, with the most affected floor being completed first," Hopkins pointed out.

The first modification corrected overheating issues, and, Hopkins said, "staff felt the next logical section to modify would be ... the Energize Bridgewater area as it was recently renovated, and this would complete the 'old section' of town hall," he said.

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