While dignitaries and guests are getting their speeches ready for the grand opening of the new Millet water supply line Apr. 22, town councilors were discussing whether or not that preparation might be a bit premature.
During their regular council meeting Mar. 22, councilors discussed the upcoming grand opening ceremony scheduled later in April for Griffiths-Scott Middle School.
Town CAO Teri Pelletier told councilors she didn’t mean to rain on their parade, but she’d had a meeting Mar. 22 about the new water line and there appeared to be a few issues. She noted the water line from Edmonton region is scheduled to be commissioned the week of Apr. 3.
Pre-commissioning is scheduled for Mar. 30, with tests to be done before the water supply is turned on for good. If everything goes well Mar. 30, the commissioning will go ahead Apr. 3.
“If it doesn’t, stay tuned for an update,” said Pelletier to council.
Councilor Carol Sadoroszney asked whether or not residents needed to be notified about the new water line’s switch-on day.
Pelletier stated residents may see some decreased flow when the new line is switched on, but nothing unusual. “Residents should not see any noticeable difference,” said Pelletier.
Councilor Vicki Pyle asked when Millet residents will be 100 per cent supplied with water from the new line.
Pelletier answered that the town staff are awaiting an answer to that question too.
Councilor Mike Storey told his peers he’s seen water systems powered up before, and those that have 90 degree corners need to be handled with kid gloves as the water, rushing through the new lines, can hit those 90 degree corners very hard.
Mayor Tony Wadsworth responded that lots of pre-planning has been done on the new water supply project.
Councilor Pat Garrett kept a positive frame of mind and noted that even with possible delays, at least the water line is on its way.
Editor’s note: The Pipestone Flyer contacted assistant CAO Lisa Schoening Apr. 5 to see if pre-commissioning went ahead as scheduled. She stated the town hadn’t heard anything back yet, so no further information was available other than what councilors discussed Mar. 22.
If everything goes according to plan, the ceremony will go ahead Apr. 22 at the school. Pelletier noted the grand opening ceremony is open to the public, and kids at the school will have some displays for guests to check out. Speeches will be held in the school gym at 2:30 p.m., with the water switched on at 3:15 p.m. Refreshments will be available.