Pro­vin­cial si­gnoff nee­ded on com­mer­cial park water ex­ten­sion

Le Reflet (The News) - - NEWS - GREGG CHAM­BER­LAIN gregg.cham­ber­lain@eap.on.ca

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.

—pho­to Gregg Cham­ber­lain

Les en­tre­prises si­tuées dans le parc com­mer­cial à Em­brun, dont Tuque de Broue, pour­raient pro­fi­ter du pro­lon­ge­ment du ré­seau d’eau et d’égouts.

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