Fire water flow below target levels for Castor

Geoffery Schulmeister from ISL Engineering gave a presentation to Castor town council at their regular meeting on Feb. 12 regarding the Water Master Plan.
Schulmeister presented findings along with possible upgrades to meet current and future needs following tests and studies of the current system.
In the existing conditions, ISL found that the average day and peak hour demands are acceptable however the fire water flow is below the typical target levels.
ISL recommended system upgrades to the watermain for enhanced fire flow conveyance, presenting two options.
Upsizing of the existing water lines, would serve as asset replacement but comes at higher cost due to road rehabilitation that would be needed.
The upgrade would include all upsizes, pump upgrades and reservoir storage which is required for the fire pump. This suggestion is estimated to cost $4,480,000.
The other option would be a loop main system, this would be great for any future development and features a lower cost because it does not interfere with any roads. The estimated cost is $3,600,000 for a loop system.
Administration will be working with Schulmeister and ISL Engineering to create an estimate cost regarding a sewer master plan and road rehabilitation and construction.
These estimates will be used to apply for grants and additional funding to update the infrastructure.

Credit cards now accepted
Coun. Travis Ryan motioned for the Town of Castor office to now accept payment from major credit cards.
The town office will be using OptionPay, which charges the credit fee to the customers, rather than to the merchant.
“If it gets bills paid without administration having to chase it, I think its worth doing,” spoke Ryan.
All fees will be disclosed upfront to those who choose to pay by credit card.

Land use bylaw amendments
First reading has been passed and a public hearing will be held on Mar. 12, regarding the proposed amendments to Land Use Bylaw #1006.
The amendment includes an addition under Part III, Development Permit Application, stating that the development authority shall issue a notice regarding the application within 20 days of submission.

Emily Wheller
ECA Review

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