In the clear

City coun­cil clears fi­nal hur­dles for ex­pan­sion of wa­ter sup­ply

Journal Pioneer - - PRINCE COUNTY - BY COLIN MA­CLEAN

Shov­els will be hit­ting dirt as soon as pos­si­ble on Summerside’s new well field.

City coun­cil passed the fi­nal mo­tions Tues­day night, which were needed for work to start on the ex­pan­sion of the com­mu­nity’s wa­ter sup­ply.

The votes passed unan­i­mously.

City staff had asked coun­cil to hold a special meet­ing and move up the ap­proval process be­cause work is ex­pected to start im­me­di­ately and con­tinue un­til the weather puts a stops it. Duffy’s Con­struc­tion has al­ready been awarded the ten­der for the work.

In its 2017 bud­get the city set aside $800,000 for its por­tion of a new well field that was ex­pected to cost $2.65 mil­lion. The rest of the money is com­ing from other lev­els of gov­ern­ment.

The area the city has iden­ti­fied for the well field is an 80acre par­cel be­tween MacKen­zie Drive and Bayview Drive on the city’s western bor­der. Some of the par­cel is cur­rently wood­lot and the rest has been used for agri­cul­ture.

To ac­quire the land, the city has worked out a deal with the cur­rent owner, 100569 P.E.I. Inc. The com­pany plans to build a sub­di­vi­sion on a 30-acre par­cel of land ad­ja­cent to the well field, which res­i­dents would know as the for­mer Summerside driv­ing range. A new street will even­tu­ally be built through the cen­tre of the prop­erty that would con­nect Bayview Drive and MacKen­zie Drive and res­i­den­tial lots sold on ei­ther side of it.

In ex­change for the well field land, the city has agreed to cover the cost of con­nect­ing that sub­di­vi­sion to the city’s wa­ter sys­tem.

City of­fi­cials said that there would no ad­di­tional cost to tax­pay­ers as a re­sult of the ser­vice­for-land deal and that it would be cov­ered in the project’s orig­i­nal es­ti­mated price tag.

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