County may have an ace up its sleeve

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

Big Lakes County may have a viable option in case they run short of money in constructing a new water plant at Kinuso.

The plant, which is in poor shape, is currently being redesigned but is still about three months from going to tender,” said CAO Bill Kostiw at council’s July 13 meeting.

As a result, Kinuso Councillor Ken Killeen suggested that the county consider stopping its hamlet paving program for one year, and use the money to pay for any cost overruns.

“Water is a priority,” said Killen. “We have to do something quick.”

Prairie Echo – Salt Prairie Councillor David Marx, who suggested that the paving program be cut during budget debate months ago rather than raise taxes, agreed.

“Hamlet paving is not a must,” he said. “It was suggested months ago.”

“What is the estimated cost?” asked Killeen.

“Three million dollars,” replied director of utilities and safety Ted Laszczak.

Reeve Ken Matthews agreed, as did the rest of council, that it may be an option.

“If we don’t get the grant, we have to put the money in ourselves,” he said.

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