Fund­ing op­tions for flood mit­i­ga­tion pre­sented to Coun­cil

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Terri Hux­ley

Town Coun­cil is mov­ing for­ward in pre­par­ing to take on two flood mit­i­ga­tion projects.

Drumheller was ap­proved in 2015 un­der the Al­berta Com­mu­nity Re­silience Pro­gram in the amount of $6.4 mil­lion for two flood mit­i­ga­tion pri­or­i­ties at 90 per cent gov­ern­ment fund­ing to 10 per cent mu­nic­i­pal of cost shar­ing.

Coun­cil has given first read­ing to two by­laws. One is to bor­row $516,000, the mu­nic­i­pal por­tion of a $3,727,000 for a project in East Mid­land and New­cas­tle. The sec­ond is to bor­row $497,400, the mu­nic­i­pal por­tion of a $3,718,000 project for the con­struc­tion of a new berm and to raise ex­ist­ing berming in Cen­tral Drumheller.

So far the adap­ta­tion of two bor­row­ing by­laws en­sures that the bor­row­ing op­tion is in place and the dol­lars can be ac­cessed im­me­di­ately when the fund­ing agree­ment and dyke own­er­ship is fi­nal­ized with the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

With that be­ing said, Town Coun­cil in­tends on de­bat­ing the con­se­quences of bor­row­ing ver­sus us­ing re­serves prior to the fi­nal read­ing.

Drumheller has had an on­go­ing dis­cus­sion sur- round­ing the mu­nic­i­pal por­tions with Pro­vin­cial and Fed­eral govern­ments, hop­ing to elim­i­nate or min­i­mize the cost.

“We’ve worked hard and will con­tinue to work hard to get the max­i­mum amount of fund­ing from the Prov­ince and Fed­eral Govern­ments, but it’s time that we get the shov­els in the ground to make sure that we are pro­tected from fu­ture flood­ing,” said Mayor Terry Ye­men.

Al­though, a fur­ther grant pro­gram from the Fed­eral gov­ern­ment may be avail­able down the road to help off­set fu­ture flood mit­i­ga­tion projects, right now there is no more fund­ing to help the cur­rent por­tions be­ing up­held by the Town. For now, the Town of Drumheller is ap­ply­ing for Fed­eral fund­ing at the end of this month for fu­ture flood mit­i­ga­tion projects. In sum­mary here are the two fi­nal­ized projects. The first project which is East Mid­land and New­cas­tle, has the ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents lo­cated within the flood fringe. The to­tal 2014 as­sessed value for res­i­dents, not in­clud­ing land, is ap­prox­i­mately $51 mil­lion.

In Mid­land and New­cas­tle com­bined, to pro­tect against the po­ten­tial of fu­ture floods, the ex­ist­ing berms will be built higher as well fix­ing prob­lems such as ero­sion con­trol, river­bank sta­bil­ity, and in- stal­la­tion of a drainage pipe with a back­flow pre­ven­ter be­tween North Rail­way Av­enue and the CNR tracks.

The es­ti­mate cost for the project will reach $3,727,000 with the pro­vin­cial con­tri­bu­tion of $3,211,000 and a mu­nic­i­pal cost of $516,000. The ben­e­fit­ted cost would be $13.7 mil­lion.

The sec­ond project – Cen­tral Drumheller 2nd Street West to 5th Street East – will re­quire con­struc­tion of a new berm and rais­ing the ex­ist­ing berm to help pro­tect cen­tral Drumheller from fu­ture flood­ing.

The to­tal cost of this project will be an es­ti­mated $3,718,000 with the prov­ince pitch­ing in $3,202,600 and the town putting $515,400 to­wards it. The as­sessed value of this por­tion of town is at $49 mil­lion and has a ben­e­fit­ted cost of 13.4 mil­lion.

Once the fund­ing agree­ment is signed, the town will pro­ceed to the de­sign phase with hopes of ten­der­ing the project this fall.

“As we work on fi­nal­iz­ing the fund­ing agree­ment, the town is proac­tively look­ing at tak­ing steps that will re­duce the like­li­hood of project de­lays down the road,” said CAO Ray Ro­manetz.

For a more de­tailed scope of the projects, visit www.di­nosaur­val­ley.com/flood­mit­i­ga­tion.

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