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North Red Deer Regional Wastewater System named Public Works Project of the Year

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North Red Deer Wastewater System

From The City of Lacombe

North Red Deer Regional Wastewater System receives 2019 APWA Public Works Project of the Year Award

The North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Services Commission (NRDRWWSC) is pleased to announce that the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater System received the American Public Works Association (APWA) Alberta Chapter’s Project of the Year Award, for Projects over $10 Million, at the 2019 APWA Excellence in Public Works Conference and Tradeshow, held in Red Deer from October 7- 9, 2019.

The APWA Public Works Project of the Year Award was established to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/ engineer, and the contractor who, working together, complete public works projects.

Designed by Stantec, the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater System promises a cleaner future for communities in central Alberta. Completed on time and on budget, the project incorporates innovative approaches and leading-edge technologies to provide a modern wastewater solution for 25,000 residents living in central Alberta, and protect the sensitive watershed that supplies drinking water for 150,000 Albertans.

Commissioned in April 2018, the transmission system pumps wastewater to the state-of-the-art regional treatment plant in Red Deer. The project consists of a 28 kilometre pipeline, one odour management facility and two major lift stations.

The City of Red Deer Wastewater Treatment Plant also received extensive upgrades in order to accept wastewater from the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater System. The upgrades significantly increased the capacity of the plant, as it now services a population of over 150,000 people.

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“The APWA Alberta Chapter was pleased to present the project of the year award to the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Services Commission. It is always great to see commissions like this work collaboratively together to tackle a big project like this. Congratulations!”  – Peter McDowell, Past President, American Public Works Association Alberta Chapter

“I was pleased to accept this award on behalf of the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Services Commission. Completed on time and on budget, the wastewater transmission system is a great, forward-thinking project that ensures our members have access to safe, reliable and effective waste water treatment services for the foreseeable future.”  – Ken Wigmore, NRDRWWSC Chair

“I would like to thank the Alberta Public Works Association for recognizing this project’s success. Our communities are stronger when we work together to solve regional issues and this is a perfect example of how partnering builds success.”
– Mayor Richard Poole, Town of Blackfalds, NRDRWWSC Vice Chair

“The City of Lacombe, along with our partner municipalities, are thrilled to be recognized once again for this progressive project. The wastewater transmission system provides for much-needed long-term sustainability in addressing the critical wastewater needs in our region, and supports development in our fast-growing communities.”  – Mayor Grant Creasey, City of Lacombe, NRDRWWSC Director

“Lacombe is fortunate to work with great contractors, consultants, and regional partners. It’s exciting to be recognized as leaders in public works, because it shows we are working hard to make sure taxpayers are getting value for their money.”
– Matthew Goudy, Chief Administrative Officer, NRDRWWSC

“The North Red Deer Regional Wastewater system highlights the importance of strong relationships between municipal neighbours, and shows what can be accomplished when all levels of government work together. This line makes life better for residents and businesses in central Alberta, and we are honoured for our role on this APWA Project of the Year.”  – Reeve Paula Law, Lacombe County

“We are honoured to be recognized as a part of this community partnership project that has a significant impact on Red Deer and region. This project is a strong example of how financial and environmental sustainability can be achieved through intentional partnership.”  – Mayor Tara Veer, City of Red Deer

“The north leg of the central Alberta Regional Wastewater System is a project that has made a significant impact on the communities it serves, with enhanced wastewater treatment and improved water quality. Stantec is proud to have worked alongside our partners and the local municipalities that have championed this celebrated project. While the recognition from our peers is something we are all proud of – at the end of the day, the safe, reliable system that will serve residents for the next 25 years is an achievement we truly cherish.”  – Todd Simenson, Vice President, Regional Leader (Alberta North & Territories), Stantec

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RCMP deploying more Mounties in Alberta under agreement with the province

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EDMONTON — The RCMP says it will add 76 additional Mounties to Alberta this year, many of whom will serve as front-line police in rural detachments outside major municipalities.

There will also be 57 new civilian support positions.

RCMP say some of the additional Mounties are to serve in detachments at Beaverlodge, Edson, Evansburg, Mayerthorpe and Valleyview.

In the south, detachments in Airdrie, Cochrane, Okotoks and Strathmore will get more police.

New Mounties are to be assigned to the central district, including in Camrose, Blackfalds, Leduc, Morinville, Parkland, Rocky Mountain House, Stettler, Strathcona and Thorsby.

More RCMP are also being assigned to work in Athabasca, Bonnyville, Cold Lake, Elk Point and St. Paul.

Officials say the staffing increase is part of a five-year, $286-million policing agreement announced by the Alberta government in December.

“Rural Albertans asked for action against rising crime, and our government responded with Alberta’s largest single investment in policing since the RCMP’s March West,” Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer said Thursday in a release.

“Putting more boots on the ground in rural Alberta will help protect residents and ensure they feel safe in their communities.”

The force says so far it has filled 25 of the front-line positions in rural communities and 18 centralized police to provide support and specialized services to all rural detachments.

Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, Alberta’s top Mountie, said the additional funding is in response to concerns expressed by rural Alberta communities.

He said the RCMP is committed to continuing to provide Albertans with the high quality, modern provincial police service that they expect and deserve.

“The RCMP is committed to working in partnership with our communities to ensure Albertans feel safe in their homes, in their backyards and in their farm yards,” Zablocki said in a release.

Last month, Alberta’s government-appointed Fair Deal Panel recommended the province examine the idea of creating a provincial police force. The panel suggested the RCMP is becoming too bureaucratically inflexible and smaller communities aren’t getting enough front-line officers.

Premier Jason Kenney has said his government will study the recommendation.

Under the program announced by the province in December, small and rural communities, with some exceptions, are to begin contributing part of their front-line policing costs starting this year.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 2, 2020

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Blackfalds Town Council approves Arena and Library Expansion – Video and photo galleries included

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From the Town of Blackfalds

The Town of Blackfalds is moving forward with the Arena and Library Expansion

The Town of Blackfalds is excited to announce that the Arena and Library Expansion project will be proceeding and shovels will be in the ground in June of 2020 with a completion date targeted for Spring of 2021.

At their May 26 regular meeting, Council voted 4 to 3 to approve the final and guaranteed maximum price of the $24.6M capital budget which includes $18 M for the arena (which includes a $1 M contribution by the Junior A team) and $6.6 M for the Library.

Over the last year, the Town participated in various engagement opportunities including public open houses and meetings with stakeholders, school boards, and other organizations. The consultations prompted changes and additions to be incorporated into the design to improve the functionality of the facility which also resulted in increased costs.

Town of Blackfalds Mayor Richard Poole is proud of the work that Administration and its contractors ACI Architects, Eagle Builders and Delnor Construction undertook in the last 2 months to review those areas where costs could be reduced to come up with a target value design, “I support this project for a number of reasons,” asserts Mayor Poole. “First of all, this will be an excellent value for our community when it is built. It will be second to none and I believe it will be a project our community will be proud of, and, as Councillor Taylor stated, it will ‘enhance business opportunities within our community.’ The Abbey Centre continues to receive praise and compliments from community members throughout Alberta and I am confident Blackfalds will duplicate that success with this facility.”

Mayor Poole added, “I am also excited about the opportunities that the AJHL will bring to the community. The new Library is going to be one of the largest in central Alberta and, for a community under 20,000, this will be an attraction that we will not only be extremely proud of, but given the provisions of the facility, will allow for progressive programming even in a post-COVID era. In addition, by awarding the construction contract to Eagle Builders, we are providing jobs for many central Alberta families. I am thrilled to be working with such great partners like Eagle Builders, Delnor and ACI with whom we have had a great relationship in the past.”

The guaranteed maximum price ensures that the Town will not pay any more than the $24.6M and therefore, if the cost of the project does go up, the risk will be to Delnor and Eagle Builders, and not the municipality. CAO Thompson echoed some of Council’s words, “We want to provide a high quality facility to our community similar to our past successful projects, and not have to cut corners.”

A gallery of final design concepts can be viewed on the Multi-Plex Arena web page at blackfalds.com/tourism-recreation/multi-plex-ice-arena.

A small ground breaking ceremony will take place on Friday June 19 and will celebrated by invitation only to ensure physical and social distancing.

If any organizations are interested in sponsorship, please see the sponsorship brochure at http://blackfalds.com/tourism-recreation/multi-plex-ice-arena.

 

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