Provincial signoff needed on commercial park water extension
Certain businesses in the Russell Township commercial park in Embrun would like to have hookups to the municipal water and sewer systems. Township public works staff are ready to start figuring out budget plans for that as soon as they get one final word of approval from the provincial government.
“Yes, there is,” said Craig Cullen, municipal infrastructure director, when asked if the township has a plan for extending water and sewer service into the commercial park at the end of Industrial Avenue in Embrun. “Likely in the spring of next year. We’re waiting for an ECA from the province.”
Earlier in the year the township applied for an Environmental Certification Assessment (ECA) on a proposal for water and sewer services extension into the commercial park. That is phase one of plans for extending municipal services. Phase two concerns an extension further north of the Embrun commercial park on the other side of the Russell Trail.
Right now Cullen and his staff need the ECA approval before they can continue with the next step of the entire process.
“It (ECA approval) usually takes about six months,” Cullen said, adding that the provincial officials are backed up with ECA and other applications.
Once the ECA approval comes through Cullen and his department will schedule a public information meeting with current business owners operating in the commercial park and also those with existing claims on undeveloped lots there.
The focus of the meeting will concern the overall cost of the water and sewer mainline extensions to the park, individual costs to lot owners for their connections to the extended mains, water and sewer servicing fees, and other matters.
“They’re all asking us for water and sewer,” Cullen said, noting that existing businesses operating in the park depend on septic field and wells for their sewer and water service.
After getting feedback and comments from lot owners in the park, the township can prepare a tender call for the main extensions. Right now Cullen’s department has a projected $2.6 million cost for the project.
While waiting for the ECA approval, Cullen’s staff are also working on an application to the Canada Water Works Fund (CWWF), a federal program to assist municipalities with particular types of water works projects.
The proposed commercial park extension proposal would be eligible for up to a maximum of $1.1 million in CWWF funding. Whether or not the township would get that amount, if the application is approved, is not certain but Cullen said any amount of CWWF funding would help reduce the cost of the project to both the township and commercial park lot owners.
“Whatever we can get would be a significant saving,” he said.
Les entreprises situées dans le parc commercial à Embrun, dont Tuque de Broue, pourraient profiter du prolongement du réseau d’eau et d’égouts.