Alix faces major infrastructure upgrades

Alix is looking at more than $4 million in capital work over the next five to six years just to stay ahead of aging infrastructure.

A delegation from MPE Engineering told Village of Alix council, at its regular meeting Feb. 3, that the three main projects needing to be completed in the next few years are the lift station, 49 St. sewer and lagoon upgrades.

“Figure out what you can reasonably do,” said Mike Breunig.

The village heard back from the provincial government that the $1.2 million upgrades to the lift station are eligible for provincial funding under the Water for Life Strategy.

Breunig said with the government funding the village would only pay $300,000 for that project. He suggested the village do the design work this year and start construction next year if approved for funding.

Breunig told council that the village needs to do projects every few years in the coming decades to catch up to repairs of its aging infrastructure.

“We want to stay ahead of things falling apart but do things (economically).”

The village should hear back from the provincial government sometime in February on whether or not they will fund the lift station project.

“The good news is you got in early in the que,” said Breunig. “A lot of municipalities weren’t applying.”
Chief Administrative Officer Tanya Meston said the village was excited to get the letter from the province saying they were eligible for the funding.

“It’s a good first step,” she said.

Breunig also said the village should benefit from lower construction costs because of the economic downturn in Alberta.

“We’re seeing better prices (on bids).”

He cautioned council that they will have to make some decisions in the future about funding.

“You have a lot of stuff to do over the next 30 years.”

Alix Dance Club
The Alix Dance Club asked the village to help fund its program expansion plans.

The group has dance classes at the Alix MAC School gym once a week. They teach ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre and hip hop and have 47 youth enrolled ranging in age from three to 12.

The club wants to raise $2,000 from the community this year, which would go towards insurance for the club, a non-profit charity competition, costume fees and set design.

Council directed administration to obtain more information from the dance club, including financial statements.

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