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Fire main project completed

posted Dec 14, 2015, 9:51 AM by Kathy Carr
The fire main extension project was completed that evening, public Works Foreman Stephenson was happy to report they are “fully operational.” Along with the completion came a hefty bill from R. Smith, the contractor. Stephenson also reported on trouble with the water table being so high in the west end, which will generate an unexpected bill from de-watering trucks – which could not be avoided. 
The groundwater at that end of town is only seven feet down. It took two days of de-watering to be able to install that pipe. Stephenson expects they will have to do the same when it comes to installing the Oliver sewer line.
Council compared tenders for the financing of the $550,000 debenture from financial institutions, the province, and the RM of North Cypress-Langford. The two lowest tenders were the same, from both BMO and the RM. 
In the end, as there was no difference, council opted to accept the tender of BMO, as it was a local business. The debenture will cost them approximately $118,000 per year for five years.
Councillor B. Anderson asked the question as to where this significant payment would come, as it would be a new budget line. Council expects that much of it will be covered by added taxes from new builds. It was pointed out that ten years ago, one mill raised $25,000, but now it raises close to $42,000.
There is significant money in the Gas Tax Rebate reserve, but this project does not qualify for funding. New sidewalks would qualify, and there was some discussion about where these may be needed. McEntee suggested that new subdivisions should be created with at least one side having sidewalks. Olmstead suggested that back lanes would be an asset for installing such things as sewer lines.

by Gloria Mott
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