City Coun­cil, RM con­sider pro­vin­cial pro­posal to set­tle wa­ter is­sue

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

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.

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