December saw lots of activity at the new Town of Oxbow/RM of Enniskillen Office. The roof was finished and the shingles in place. On December 22, Tim Opdahl, Justin Mcfarlane and Erick Vanbeselaere were busy installing soffits. The in-floor heating pipes were in place, doors and windows were covered in plastic or tarps to keep out the cold and heaters were ready to keep the cold away from curing concrete.
On Dec. 23, Oxbow Trenching's cement mixer trucks were dumping the concrete, steaming in the frosty air, into the bin of Marty Hansen's Dart Services rig. If you were on Main St. that day, you may have seen it with its heavy slide-out anchoring it to the middle of the street and its delivery arm unfolding like a giant transformer toy, reaching high above the street lights, then angling down into the doorway of the new office.
"Six years ago," commented Glen Bayliss of Sunset Concrete, "we'd have been hauling that by wheel barrow". He said about 65 yards would be poured, "and probably done in a couple of hours if the trucks could keep up". By lunch time, the street was clear.