City Council, RM consider provincial proposal to settle water issue
The province has weighed in on the discussions between the City of Swift Current and the RM of Swift Current concerning the rural water pipeline.
“A settlement proposal has been put before us by the Province,” Mayor Jarrod Schaffer explained following Swift Current City Council’s meeting on Monday.
“It isn’t something that we suggested or the RM suggested. It was an outcome that was given to us by the Province and we took some steps to actually enhance that settlement.”
A group of water users in the RM of Swift Current have formed a committee and will be meeting with Swift Current City Council in the near future to discuss the issue.
“We’re looking forward to meeting with that committee,” said Mayor Schaffer. “We’re very, very optimistic that we’ll have an agreement for water usage very quickly and then it will be up to the RM whether they’ll approve or ratify such an agreement, so we’re hoping to see some closure on that chapter.”
Currently the city’s water treatment plant is at maximum capacity because water quality standards are much higher than they were when the plant was built.
“With new regulations coming in 2013, the quality of our water is going to get better and we have to produce more of it and that’s why we’re expanding our plant.
“Originally the comment made by the Reeve was that their Council would reject the offer from the city and pursue looking at their own plant, but we hope that with input from users of the water and with the agreement from the city, that that’s some duplication in terms of expense that we can avoid.
“We’ve got some issues between these two councils and we think that we’re going to work very proactively over the next several months to try and get closure to all of these issues.”
The purchase of a new ice resurfacing machine was opposed by Councillors Denis Perrault and Ryan Plewis, but ultimately City Council approved the purchase from Big Hill Services Ltd. of Cochrane, AB, of an Olympia Millennium 2500 at a cost of $109,156.95 plus GST.
This equipment will add to the city’s current fleet of two Olympia ice resurfacers.