Town of Millet mayor Tony Wadsworth fulfilled his promise and stalled getting his hair cut until the community finally saw its new waterline commissioned after more than 10 years of delays. The line was commissioned April 10 and Wadsworth visited Heather’s Hair Designs on April 12.

Mayor Wadsworth: a politician with a cause

The almost two decades of continual delays of the new Millet Water Line has left local officials and residents...

  • Apr. 18, 2017 4:00 p.m.

The almost two decades of continual delays of the new Millet Water Line has left local officials and residents in a hairy situation. But now the wait has ended.

The waterline for Millet was commissioned April 10.

Mayor Tony Wadsworth says it has been 15 to 20 years since the residents of Millet first heard about the regional waterline meant to bring Edmonton water to the town.

Since then many had started to lose faith in the completion of the project. “The promise has been a long time coming,” said Wadsworth.

Wadsworth says last fall he was speaking with some of the older residents in the community, trying to bring them something substantial they could believe in. “Thinking it would just be a month or two I said ‘I promise you it is coming. I promise you I won’t cut my hair until then.’”

He was finally able to fulfill his promise and made a hair appointment at Heather’s Hair Designs in Millet on April 12, approximately six months after he first made the decision to let his locks grow.

Wadsworth’s longer hair has been a part of his character the majority of his adult life. “I tend to wear it long. So I put it on the line.”

Educated in Liverpool, England, Wadsworth was required to keep his hair short and was sometimes sent home from school to get a haircut.

“When I left school I just became a rebel,” said Wadsworth.

The initial cost of the project was set at $11 million, with 90 per cent being covered by the provincial government. However, due to the delay the cost of the project was reduced by $3 million, leaving Millet to pay $800,000. “The delay has directly resulted in the town saving $300,000, and the province $3 million,” said Wadsworth.

On April 21 the Town of Millet and the Capital Region Southwest Water Services Commission is holding the grand opening for the waterline at Griffiths-Scott Middle School. Speeches start at 2:30 p.m. and Wadsworth says the fire hydrant will be turned on at 3:15 p.m.

If the weather is too cold that day a temporary line will be run in to the school for the ceremony.

Wadsworth says the students have been working on water projects the past few months, aimed at educating on the importance of a water. The projects will be on display the day of the grand opening and some students will be making small presentations.

Wadsworth says the water coming from Edmonton will be healthier than Millet’s well water; it will contain calcium, magnesium and a different kind of chloride. The water will not contain sodium. “Which has always been the big problem here.”

He adds, with the new waterline, residents may even see the life expectancy of their hot water heaters improve.

The water line will also bring and endless water supply to town, while keeping the municipality’s reservoir full, ensuring there will be enough water on hand in the event of fires or emergencies.


Just Posted

Making hay when facing variable conditions around Wetaskiwin

Lots of rain can have an effect on quality of hay bales even near Wetaskiwin

High speed thrills for media at racetrack

NASCAR Pinty’s Series Luxxur 300 media day at EIR July 16

Mexican recipes for Dora’s Kitchen this week

Tasty enchilada recipe has two types of chilies

Field scouting in July

Field scouting can lead to more successful crop production

Alder Flats 4-H Multi Club Report

4-H kids visited aerial park in Edmonton

VIDEO: Calgary, Flames agree to terms on new NHL arena

The proposed 19,000-seat facility would replace the Saddledome at an estimated cost of $550 million

VIDEO: Missing teens named as suspects in three northern B.C. killings

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are wanted in the deaths of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese, unknown man

Alberta ahead of average tornado count at 17 so far this year

The province’s average over the past 30 years has been 12 tornadoes per year

The Beaverton’s sharp satire thrives in polarized political climate

Canadian TV series’ third season to air Tuesday on CTV after “The Amazing Race Canada”

VIDEO: Bystander training gains traction as tool to prevent sexual harassment, violence

Julia Gartley was sexually assaulted after an event, and no one stepped in to help

Sexual assaults, extortion on the rise even as crime rates stay low: Stats Canada

Rates of police-reported sexual assault rose for the fourth year in a row

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Most Read