Council approves funding for three water/sewer projects
City Council Briefs:
By: Matt Durnan
| Posted: Thursday, May 08, 2014 10:48 am
Airdrie City council approved additional funding of $190,290 to complete three water/sewer projects in 2014.
The City budgeted for a total of 17 capital projects within the sewer and water utility to be completed in the 2014 season, one project has been closed for this year, leaving 16 projects to complete.
The construction of an ozone generator has been closed and will be revisited in 2015, as it had been deemed hazardous to personnel by Glenn Archer, team leader with Airdrie water services.
The ozone generator is a machine that puts ozone into the air as a means of purification, but the one under construction had been producing too much ozone and had to be shut down and will be re-evaluated in 2015.
The projected costs of the three improvements are estimated in the current environment and are made out to predict the costs in the approximately 18 months it may take to receive bids on the work.
Market forces have a significant impact on costs, according to Archer.
“The (water/sewer) utility currently has three projects scheduled for completion in 2014, which are underfunded as a result of tender amounts exceeding budget,” said Archer.
There is a shortfall of $132,400 for the Sunridge lift station, $61,900 for a channel screen and grinder and $54,170 for a wastewater monitoring building. The City was able to redirect the $58,000 allotted for the now closed ozone generator project back into the projects that required additional funding.
Funding for both the Sunridge lift station and channel screen and grinder projects will be drawn from the Federal Gas Tax Fund and the wastewater monitoring building will draw funding from the General Sewer Reserve.
Taxi Bylaw amendments
Council gave third and final reading to the City’s taxi bylaw on May 5 after it was held over from an April 22 meeting.
The bylaw came under some scrutiny after Airdrie taxi company owner Mohamed Benini raised concerns that it violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
City staff sought legal counsel to investigate the bylaw and it was found that it did not violate anything in the Charter, though some modifications were needed.
Additions to the wording of the bylaw were made to include that applicants for a taxi license must disclose any pending charges under the Criminal Code and Controlled Substances Act.
Council voted unanimously in favour of third reading.