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Posted on: June 23, 2020

COUNCIL APPROVES REVISED CAPITAL PROJECT PLAN

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Town Council approved a revised capital plan for 2020 at their meeting Monday.

The revised plan moves four projects into the current year and funds them from grants, reserves and offsite levies: Highway 1A/22 utility relocation, Township Road 262 upgrade, River Heights reservoir preliminary design and a sanitary sewer inspection camera for a total of $4,784,000.

A number of Town projects approved in the 2020 budget totalling $4,090,000 were already rescheduled to 2021, including an asset management system, boardroom technology upgrades, expansion of the administrative space at the Eco Centre, and the detailed design and servicing of the Horse Creek Sports Park.

Mayor Jeff Genung says moving these projects make sense. “Moving these projects ahead allows us to focus our efforts on the infrastructure needed to support our growing community,” he says. “Both the Township Road project and the utility project support the work required to build the Highway 1A/22 interchange. Anything we can do to remove roadblocks for the province is a step in the right direction.”

Moving these projects to the current year and delaying others to next year has no impact on property taxes.

With Council’s approval, the Town will move forward with the tendering process.

Project details:

Hwy 1A/22 utility relocation: relocation of municipal utility infrastructure in anticipation of interchange upgrade. Advancing this work to 2020 instead of 2021 may assist with facilitating and expediting provincial work.

The estimated project cost is $4.41M to be funded from the FGTF grant and offsite levies, including $1M to fund the transfer of fill from this site to the James Walker Trail project.

Twp Rd 262 upgrade: required to ensure access to Highway 1A when Range Rd 43 is closed for the anticipated Highway 1A/22 interchange project. Roadway design for a 1,600m primary collector roadway, including sidewalk, curb-and-gutter, bike lanes, two vehicle travel lanes and future median. The design includes the north two lanes of a future four-lane primary collector roadway. The south two lanes will be constructed as part of Heritage Hills development agreements.

The estimated project cost is $100,000, to be funded from reserves.

River Heights reservoir preliminary design: based on functional study that determined the volume of water and pumping requirements to support future growth in the south Cochrane area. There is limited capacity left in the existing facility and the design needs to advance to assist the Town and the development community in understanding associated costs and determining construction funding. Completing the preliminary design now helps avoid the risk of needing to halt development in the area due to a lack of potable water for residential use and fire protection.

The estimated project cost is $234,000 to be funded from the reservoir reserve.

Sanitary sewer inspection camera: a tool to inspect sewers for potential blockages or reduction in capacity using a low frequency sound wave to analyze if cleaning is required. This innovative technology can significantly reduce costly flushing and inspection on all wastewater completion piping. Ensuring the wastewater collection system performs without failure reduces environmental and health risks associated with backups.

The cost of $40,000 is funded from reserves.

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