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.
“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
Blackfalds Community Plaza To Be Named Border Paving Plaza
News Release from the Town of Blackfalds
The Town of Blackfalds is proud to announce that the community plaza set to open in the fall of 2022 will be officially named the Border Paving Plaza! Council formally approved the naming sponsorship at the March 22 Regular Council meeting.
The Border Paving Plaza will be a four-season gathering place that will provide residents and visitors with an aesthetically pleasing open area in which they can participate in markets, festivals, performances, and other community events. The Plaza will be east of the Eagle Builders Centre and south of the existing parking lot.
“Over the past number of years, outdoor gatherings and events have been steadily growing in participation and popularity in Blackfalds, so it’s very exciting that we are moving forward with the Border Paving Plaza project that will serve to be a focal point for many of these exciting events,” shared Mayor Jamie Hoover. “Along with completing the Eagle Builder Centre and the road realignment, this outdoor plaza will quickly become a central point of pride in our always improving community.”
The 24,000 square foot space will feature a decorative stained concrete deck, stairs and ramps, landscape features, and a natural gas fire pit.
Border Paving Plaza’s budget is $668,000, of which 75 per cent was approved through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund. The remaining funds will be alleviated from sponsorships, including Border Paving Ltd, DB Bobcat Services, STEP Energy, Stantec, and ATCO gas.
Amanda Stasiuk, Border Paving’s Community Outreach Coordinator, said that the company is looking forward to the development and the continued partnership with the Town.
“Once again, we are very excited to be a part of Blackfalds’ commitment to public gatherings and community-minded development. Donations like this are part of our long-standing commitment to the communities we are part of.”
Construction of the Border Paving Plaza will begin this spring, in conjunction with the Gregg Street Realignment project.
Train Derailment south of Lacombe: 1 rail car leaked liquid asphalt
News Release from Blackfalds RCMP
Blackfalds RCMP advise of train derailment – Update
Blackfalds, Alta. – On July 2, 2021, at 8:15 p.m., Blackfalds RCMP received a 911 call of a train derailment along Highway 2A in Lacombe County.
Initial reports suggested a number of oil cars were leaking oil and possibly on fire. A nearby residence was evacuated as a precaution, and multiple emergency crews responded.
Emergency crews were able to determine that 23 train cars had derailed, four of which were carrying Tar Oil (liquid asphalt). Upon further inspection, only one of the cars was found to have a leak while the remaining were intact. No fires had started.
No injuries were reported and those evacuated were able to return home.
CP Rail and Lacombe County Emergency Management remain on scene and Highway 2A is expected to be blocked to traffic for several more hours while crews investigate and cleanup.
CP Rail Police has taken over this investigation.
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