M.D. council reaffirms four-inch decision on Main St. north waterline

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

M.D. property owners on Main St. north of Slave Lake are going to have to live with a four-inch waterline. That’s not big news, because the decision to go small on a line replacement was made last fall. But one councillor thought it was worth talking about upgrading to something that would allow for fire suppression and growth in the area.
Councillor Brad Pearson brought it up at council’s Jan,. 24 meeting.
Is a four-inch line sufficient? Should that be looked at again?
This is the line that the M.D. had approved after some foot-dragging, as part of the Town of Slave Lake’s upgrade of failing waterlines in that area.
Last week, council heard an upgrade to eight-inch would cost $224,000, rather than the $91,000 currently committed. That was too rich for some.
“I’m opposed,” said councillor Brian Rosche. “We went over the costs extensively. Development has been minimal in that area for 40 years.”
“That’s fine,” said Pearson. “But four-inch doesn’t serve hydrants.”
“Councillor Pearson’s remarks surprise me,” said councillor Robert Esau. “For someone who’s as concerned with living within budget as he is.”
“It may also surprise you not to have fire protection,” said Pearson.
Reeve Murray Kerik saw no reason to change course.
“It’s more than we had before,” he said.
Adding some perspective to the debate, CAO Allan Winarski predicted that someday the area would become part of the Town of Slave Lake.
Council also heard that only one of the property owners in the area seems concerned about the lack of fire hydrants.
Council passed a motion to affirm the former decision on the four-inch line.

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