The Town of Bashaw will tackle aging infrastructure on 51 A and 52 St. through trenchless technology that repairs the piping without ripping up the pavement.
Chief Administrative Officer Theresa Fuller told council, at its regular meeting Sept. 15, that the preliminary engineering report for the 54 Ave. project shows that the clay piping is deteriorating and in some areas the top of the pipe has fallen.
“This is an issue as it may lead to possible collapse of the pipe,” she said in her report.
Coun. Lynn Schultz said council should move forward with the repairs. “Something has to be done.”
Council voted in favour of spending $33,000 to complete 145 metres now and not wait to do it until the 54 Ave. project. This work will be funded through MSI capital grants.
The 54 Ave. project is estimated to cost about $2.5 million and council plans to complete it in a phased approach with the first phase costing about $811,750.
Bashaw may have to pay for cemetery repairs in the 2017 budget to fix holes and sinking/off level headstones said Chief Administrative Officer Theresa Fuller after a concerned citizen brought the issue to the town.
The Bashaw Women’s Institute has been maintaining and upkeeping the cemetery but will no longer be doing this effective January 2017.
Fuller said after burial it has been the family’s responsibility to care for the burial site.
“After the family passes there’s no one to take care of it,” she said.
Turn out the lights
Coun. Lynn Schultz suggested council consider turning out some of the lights on the community centre to save money.
He said the lights are so bright that some could be removed from the back end.
“We could take one out there and there would still be plenty of light. We don’t need that much light.
“They take a lot of power,” he added.
Chief Administrative Officer Theresa Fuller said the lit up area gives the perception of a crime deterrent.
Public works foreman Murray Holroyd will look into the issue.
Regional emergency exercise
Council agreed to send a letter of support to Camrose County’s Regional Fire Services Coordinator to apply for a grant for an Alberta Emergency Management Agency functional or table top exercise.
“Combined with the table top exercise this November, all participants will be provided formal incident Command System 100 training,” said David Zayonce, Regional Fire Servicers Coordinator, Director of Emergency Management for Camrose County.