Town council approves its 2012 capital budget
for South Peace News
The 2012 capital budget was presented to High Prairie town council during its regular meeting on May 9 and a motion was passed to accept the document.
According to the budget, a total of $3,330,712 will be spent on seven major capital projects, all of which will be covered by government grants.
The number one expenditure, and highest on the priority list, is the expansion and improvement of the fire hall. The cost for this project totals $1,635,372, and will be covered by two grants: $1,053,333 from the M.D. of Big Lakes and $582,039 from a Municipal Sustainability Initiative grant.
Number two on the list is the bridge over Deep Creek. A total of $1,017,060 will be spent rehabilitating the bridge, as well as making some changes to the structure. $777,060 will come from a Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Grant, and the remaining $240,000 will come from the Federal Gas Tax Fund program.
Third on the list is repaving a part of 51 Avenue. The $257,000 for this project will come from an Alberta Municipal Infrastructure Program grant.
Number four on the list is repaving a stretch of 50 Street. The $272,000 will come from two grants: $174,129 will come from the AMIP and $97,871 will come from a Basic Municipal Transportation Grant.
Number five requires a $40,000 BMTG to recover engineering costs for ongoing and upcoming projects.
Number six on the list is the purchasing of a new speed sign, as well as security cameras. The $24,280 needed for these purchases will come from an MSI grant.
And finally, $85,000 is needed to put a new roof on the Moostoos Building. This money will also come from an MSI grant.
However, according to Herb Zettel, interim treasurer, none of these grants, except for the grant from the M.D. for the fire hall, has been applied for.
In fact, these grants could not be applied for until the budget was presented to and accepted by council.
“There are a few of these projects that are being funded by two grants,” said Councillor James Waikle. “What happens if we get one grant and not the other?”
Zettel replied, “That’s not likely to happen, but there are other grants we can apply for and we do still have some grant money left. I will make sure the grant is approved before the project starts.”