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Infrastructure maintenance encompasses the full range of day to day preventative maintenance and safety related activities necessary to meet the objective of safe and efficient movement of traffic. Safety related activities include such things as snow clearing, sanding and salting, grading of loose surfaces, debris and litter removal, regulatory and advisory signage maintenance, traffic signal maintenance, line painting, vegetation control, guardrail maintenance, etc. Preventative maintenance involves those activities necessary to protect and prolong the life and the public's investment in the County infrastructure, which has a current value in excess of $400 million. Preventative maintenance activities include such things as surface patching and repair, crack filling and sealing, structure cleaning and repair, sewer and drainage system maintenance and a host of other related activities which are essential, if the benefits from the public investment is to be maximized.
The activities of the Operations Division are overseen by the Manager of Operations, Mr. Richard Bolduc, A.Sc.T., who is based in Pembroke at the County Administration Building. Under his control are the four patrol facilities located in Pembroke, Cobden, Renfrew and Palmer Rapids. Satellite facilities are also in place at Calabogie and winter rental locations throughout the County. The staff deployed in these locations include a Patrol Supervisor plus a number of equipment operators necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of their assigned areas. Total full time complement in the Patrols numbers 28. The complement is supplemented by contract employees to meet seasonal workload demands. Each patrol facility consists of one garage, material storage buildings and small equipment storage buildings.
Also under the control of the Manager of Operations is responsibility for the County's fleet of vehicles and equipment. The Department has three full time Mechanics to maintain its fleet of vehicles and equipment. Equipment resources of the Department include combination plow sanding units, motor graders, loaders, backhoes, tractors, one gradall and assorted ancillary equipment. The Operations Division also provides the mechanical services for the Emergency Services Department fleet of vehicles.
The Division also operates a sign shop for the production of road side signage used by the County and the local municipalities.
Under the direction of Mr. Bolduc, the Division also manages a Day Labour Construction Program. As summer maintenance requirements tend to be less demanding for equipment and labour resources than the winter maintenance, the Department has found it extremely cost effective and efficient to undertake a sizeable day labour construction program. This permits the Department to rehabilitate the County infrastructure at below contract costs on certain types of projects, thus allowing the Department to maintain a steady level of staffing, and maximize the return on the County's investment in its work force. The Day Labour program is run by the Construction Supervisor, Mr. Daryl Cybulski. Typical projects undertaken by the Department include rural road projects and smaller bridge and culvert rehabilitation and reconstruction projects. More complex road and bridge projects which are beyond the scope of the Department's day labour capabilities are tendered out to the private sector.