County of Stettler council approved two water service connections, for Plan 2120944, Block 1, Lot 2, and Plan 2120944, Block 1, Lot 2 (Pt SW 21-41-20-W4) with expenses of up to $30,000 to be funded from revenue from connection fees and the remaining balance of $16,000 worth of construction to come from reserves. ECA Review/SubmittedStu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Stettler county council approved a dual water hook-up request after an applicant did what councillors previously requested they do. The decision was made at the Dec. 13 regular meeting of council.

Councillors heard a presentation from Sharon Larsen, tax assessment clerk, which included a memo prepared by Randy Chmelnyk, manager of environmental services, that updated an item councillors heard last month at a different meeting.

An anonymous property owner applied to the County of Stettler for a water line hook up to the municipal system. 

Councillors at that time were told the property was located at Plan 2120944, Block 1, Lot 1, which was described as a portion of SW 21-41-20-W4. 

At the previous meeting councillors stated they wouldn’t approve a single hook-up because of the cost involved; however, they added if the applicant found two or more hook-ups, it may be approved.

Turns out the applicant did just that, as a nearby property owner committed to the project.

“As per council’s direction we went back to the ratepayer asked if they would consider hooking up two water connections,” stated the staff memo. 

“If the two connections were installed the costs would be $46,000 with one hookup at approximately 75 metres and the second approximately 175 metres. 

The cost would consist of installing two meter vaults, 175 m of three inch waterline and all necessary appurtenances.

“The values given above are different from the original values presented in November, as the  [previous]  values did not include the price of the two metre vaults.”

Larsen noted during her presentation that if the property owners paid a combined $30,000 for the hook-ups which is required under the municipality’s rural water services hook-up policy, the final project total of about $46,000 would require $16,000 from county revenues.

Coun. Les Stulberg summarized that the council asked the applicant to find a second applicant to defray costs, “…And it looks like they’ve done that.”

Coun. Ernie Gendre asked if the project was going to be publicly tendered, to which Director of Municipal Services Andrew Brysiuk answered no, because of the dollar value of the project County of Stettler staff would instead ask for quotes.

Gendre asked if the county could seek at least three quotes, to which Brysiuk answered yes.

Gendre added that he preferred some competition as he felt the price quoted for this project was too high.

Councillors approved the water hook-up request by a 6 to 1 vote, with Reeve Larry Clarke the lone dissenter.

After the vote Clarke noted he voted against because the county has water plans in place and this project should have waited until then.

By Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Dec 19, 2023 at 14:45

This item reprinted with permission from   East Central Alberta Review   Coronation, Alberta

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