County grants top $5.5 million

Richard Froese
For the Lakeside Leader

Grants of more than $5.5 million have been awarded to Big Lakes County to cover some of the cost of a water project in Joussard.

At its regular meeting on Feb. 14, county council approved the new budget of $9,799,945 for the Joussard water treatment plant and reservoir. The cost was updated from the earlier figure of $8.07 million.

“Costs are increasing because we have more details of the project,” the county’s director of corporate services Heather Nanninga told council.

Part of the recommendation authorizes administration to tap into $4,279,945 from reserves.

“The benefit of this option is that the project will progress without delay,” Nanninga said.

Construction work is expected to be tendered in March and must be completed by March 31 of 2019.

The county has received $3.6 million from the Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership for the treatment plant, plus $1.95 million from the federal Clean Water Wastewater Fund for the reservoir. The balance is to be funded from reserves.

More money could be coming for the project if other grant applications are approved.

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