County news: Budget concerns affect lagoon upgrades project

The County of Wetaskiwin’s Alder Flats lagoon upgrades and expansion project is coming in over budget.

The County of Wetaskiwin’s Alder Flats lagoon upgrades and expansion project is coming in over budget.

At county council’s Oct. 18 meeting councillors discussed options to try to reduce the scope of the project and pull money from other places to cover costs, while still meeting Alberta Environment guidelines.

Council accepted a tender of $3.5 million at the meeting. In a separate motion councillors approved taking $470,00 from a Range Road 74 road construction project and moving it to the lagoon funds.

Even the lowest tender came in over the $2.9 million budget and council was forced to look into alternatives.

Funding for the project was based on approval of $981,867 coming each from the federal, provincial and municipal governments, off-site levies of $447,937 and a local improvement levy amounting to $533,929.

Dave Dextraze, director of public works, informed council high water content in the ground has created slope stabilization issues and extra studies had to be done to see how the project would be impacted. “As we got into the design there were some other factors that come into play for us.”

Dextraze says among other unanticipated changes the storage cell needed to be expanded, an interceptor drain was needed and more trees around the site were required. He added he wants to “bare bones” the truck dumping station to help reduce the workload of the project.

Coun. Lyle Seely questioned why the county does not change its direction and look at a self-contained system, which he says would not need a lagoon and could be enclosed in a building.

Council was told this could possibly make the project cheaper or more expensive, depending on what is in the waste.

“Even with these chemical treatment plants you still need storage,” said Dextraze, and more storage is what the lagoon currently needs.

High ammonia levels in the waste is a concern and council was informed it is not easy to chemically remove ammonia; the better option is long-term storage.

It was also Seely’s idea to take the money from the road construction budget, as he feels Range Road 74 can still go a few more years without clay capping.

 

Just Posted

Wolf Creek Schools raises Treaty 6 flag for first time

Chiefs, school officials took part in a ceremony that is aimed at acknowledging Treaty 6 land

Bonus RCMP officer for Breton region courtesy County of Wetaskiwin

Councilors examine details of enhanced RCMP officer for far-west side of county

County residents want to stop curve removal projects

Public meeting in Division 4 hears opposition to removal of gravel road speed curves

Soup and steak in Dora’s Kitchen this week

Get out your mallet for this Swiss Steak recipe

County council moves ahead on ‘speed curves’

Safety concerns, build standards basis for removing certain curves in county

Environment Canada confirms Ottawa area hit by two tornadoes Friday

At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out

Trump drains oxygen from Trudeau foreign policy with PM, Freeland bound for UN

A lot has changed since the Liberals came to power in Canada in 2015

Coaches, players on Alberta university rugby team buckle up for the Broncos

16 people died when Humboldt Broncos bus collided with a semi-truck in rural Saskatchewan

The Vatican ‘owes God an apology,’ activist says in letter to Pope Francis

Letter came after a report on sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children in six Pennsylvania dioceses

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

VIDEO: Inside an eerily empty mall in Canada

Only nine of 517 retail spaces are open for business as the grand opening postponed to next year

Tens of thousands without power following tornado in Ottawa region

Hydro Ottawa says more than 170,000 customers were without power early this morning

BALONEY METER: Do Liberal policies mean a typical family is $2,000 richer?

MPs took to Twitter to talk how ‘typical’ Canadian families have more money due to Liberal policies

Most Read