Coun­cil has first look at 2017 Cap­i­tal Bud­get

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - O.R. Sheddy Mail Ed­i­tor

Coun­cil held a bud­get meet­ing on Mon­day, Jan­uary 30, to look over its draft Cap­i­tal Bud­get for 2017.

The to­tal cap­i­tal projects for 2017 add up to $20,258,691, of which $13,492,674 has been re­quested for new projects and $1,919,017 for work cur­rently in progress, be­ing car­ried for­ward from the 2016 cap­i­tal bud­get.

The re­main­ing $4,847,000 rep­re­sents projects that are cur­rently un­funded in­clud­ing wash­room projects at the Hoodoos and Sus­pen­sion Bridge ($200,000), a Lit­tle Tykes play­ground be­hind the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity ($47,000) and $4,600,000 in ad­di­tional flood mit­i­ga­tion work.

New projects for 2017 in­clude $7,430,000 for provin­cially ap­proved flood mit­i­ga­tion. Also in­cluded in the cur­rent year’s cap­i­tal plan is a new lift sta­tion at East Coulee for $1.3 mil­lion, how­ever, this project is de­pen­dent on re­ceipt of grant fund­ing for 50 per cent of the project and the re­place­ment of bridge #11 on the Wayne Road for $1.3 mil­lion also grant de­pen­dant, with 75 per cent of the fund­ing com­ing from the Strate­gic In­fra­struc­ture Pro­gram.

Road­work this year will to­tal about $1.2 mil­lion with funds from MSI, the fed­eral gas tax and the prov­ince for pro­vin­cial road­work.

Equip­ment wise, the town is look­ing at pur­chas­ing a wa­ter truck and plow ($173,000), a loader for $225,000 and a lad­der pumper truck to re­place the Drumheller Fire Depart­ment’s pumper and the Si­mon Snorkel truck at a cost of $1,000,000 to be funded through MSI, over the next two years (2017/2018).

Other cap­i­tal plans pro­posed for 2017 in­clude im­prove­ments to the wa­ter and waste­water treat­ment in­fra­struc­ture, work on Phase 3 de­vel­op­ment of the ceme­tery with a bud­get of $175,000 and con­tin­u­a­tion of the In­fra­struc­ture Mas­ter Plan with a bud­get re­quest of $130,000.

The 2017 Cap­i­tal Bud­get was built on the as­sump­tion that Drumheller’s an­nual grant fund­ing al­lo­ca­tion from MSI will re­main the same as last year (Ap­prox $1.9 mil­lion) as well as the Fed­eral Gas Tax fund­ing ($440,000).

About $1.9 mil­lion of the fund­ing is car­ried over from the pre­vi­ous year, in­clud­ing funds com­mit­ted to the Aquaplex ren­o­va­tions.

The town’s to­tal re­serves as of De­cem­ber 31, 2016 are es­ti­mated to be $11,727,646 and are pro­jected by year end of 2017 to be $14,436,521.

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