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Storm Water System & On the Coal Front

May 11, 2017

Improve the storm water system

In this Mayor’s message I want to provide an update on a major infrastructure project that was budgeted for in 2017 and the project tender recently awarded. This project was identified as a high priority in the 2014 Infrastructure Management Study and is anticipated to improve the storm water system. Our current storm water system, which was designed many years ago, is not able to satisfactorily manage the heavy rainstorms that we receive. Through our Infrastructure Management Study it was identified that the construction of another outfall would relieve some of the pressures on the existing storm water system. Currently there are three locations where our storm water is released, with one of the outfalls managing the majority of the Town. The project moving forward this summer is the installation of an additional outfall which will extend along 3rd Street West south from 3rd Avenue West and draining into the CN dam south of town. This project is anticipated to increase the capacity of the storm water system and alleviate the stress which the system currently experiences during heavy rainfall. In addition to the installation of the storm water system along 3rd Street from 3rd Avenue West to Railroad Avenue; the water mains will be replaced and upsized, the sewer mains relined and the road rehabilitated. It is anticipated that the project will be completed by late summer if all goes well.

The Coal Front

On the Coal front, the Government of Alberta appointed Advisory Panel has finished up their consultations with coal affected communities, and it is anticipated that their final report will be public prior to the end of June. In the meantime our Taskforce is developing a transition plan with an expectation of financial assistance from the Province. Once funding to implement the transition plan is confirmed, the Taskforce will begin the community engagement piece of the plan and coordinate a Town Hall meeting to kick off the process. This will be an excellent opportunity to have input into the future of Hanna.

I am looking forward to one of my favorite events of the year, the Mayor’s Garden Party, planned for June 6th this year. Watch for details.

Chris Warwick, Mayor