Wastewater project update announces opening June 10

District of Barriere regular council meeting highlights from June 6

By Colleen Hannigan, CAO

District of Barriere

This report provides an update on the overall wastewater project as of this date.

Work is steadily progressing towards completion of the Solar Aquatics Water Reclamation Centre.

The grand opening is scheduled for this Friday, June 10, at 1 p.m. There will be two ceremonies, the first for the $50,000 landscaping project on the south side of the building, which was co-funded by the district and a CN EcoConnexions grant through CN and Tree Canada.   And the second, immediately following the first, for the overall wastewater project, funded almost 100 per cent through the Innovation Gas Tax Grant for $6.7 million. A light lunch will be provided immediately following the ceremonies.Informal tours will be given at that point.

The application for funding this project was submitted in 2010 and the three mayors of the day [Mike Fennell, Bill Humphreys, and Virginia Smith]have been invited to participate in the ribbon cutting.

This past week the liners for the eight solar tanks and one surge blending tank were being installed by Western Tank and Liner. A 48 hour leak test will performed on the large tank prior to payment. The original liners for the eight solar tanks were faulty and the supplier could not provide an acceptable fix that didn’t involve patching.

The catwalk is also complete except for the guard material that will extend from the kick plates to just under the rails. It will be installed prior to the grand opening.

A delay in the Vortex aerators being shipped, will set the startup for the acceptance of raw sewage back at least two weeks.

Once the surge blending tank proves to be leak-free, the geothermal tubes for air exchange in the greenhouse can be installed and hooked up to the fans. This will moderate the temperatures that are currently being experienced in the greenhouse.

The operation of the foam bubble insulation is still about a month out but they have been ordered.

A replacement may have been found for the unacceptable backup gen-set that was originally provided. We are currently seeking reimbursement for the cost which will be applied to the new one.

Plants have been sourced and it is planned that an example of what will eventually be in all eight tanks will be on display in one or two tanks for the opening.

$189,050.72 has been expended from the district’s Gas Tax Reserves as shown in the attached accounting since Feb. 29, 2016.

The estimates for project completion are as follows:

• 2 Foam Generators $20,000

• 5 Vortex Aerators $20,000

• 8 solar tank liners $18,000

• 1 surge blending tank liner $26,198

• Interior Heating and Plumbing $12,000

• Gen-set replacement $20,000

• 1 payroll $20,000

• Misc. $15,000

Total Estimated Expenses remaining for start up are $151,198.  Total remaining from currently approved Gas Tax Reserves ($200,000 – $189,050.72) $10,950.

Council accepted this report for information and approve a further transfer of up to $140,000 from Gas Tax Reserves for the Solar Aquatics Water Reclamation Centre project at their June 6, 2016, regular council meeting.

HY Louie Property:

The demolition of the little house on the HY Louie property [next to the Search & Rescue Building on Barrere Town Road] is scheduled for this week. It will be followed by the cleanup of the area around it and around the north side of the Solar Aquatics Water Reclamation Centre.

2015 Annual Report:

As per the Community Charter, municipal councils must consider an Annual Report prior to the end of June with required notice being satisfied in advertising two weeks prior to the meeting where the report will be considered. It has been advertised that the draft 2015 Annual Report is now available for public review and that council will be taking submissions and questions from the public prior to, and at the June 20, 2016, regular council meeting, 7 p.m.

Let’s Talk Forum Reminder:

The Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society (LNTCFS), local government and the North Thompson Community Foundation have organized a number of speakers who will be talking about business successes, challenges and opportunities in the North Thompson. It will be an excellent opportunity for networking and talking to potential funders such as Community Futures, Tourism Wells Grey, the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition (SIBAC) and the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training. The event is on Sat. June 11th at the Little Fort Hall (the first left after turning off Highway 5 onto Highway 24 at Little Fort) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.