Council to apply for grant

Town council is hoping dollars from a small communities grant could be coming its way to help cover the cost

Town council is hoping dollars from a small communities grant could be coming its way to help cover the cost of the replacement of the main water reservoir pump house.

At its Monday meeting, council gave the green light to administration to apply for the $1.45 million grant which would require a $25,000 contribution from the town in 2015 and $461,333 in 2016. The grant requires equal contributions from the federal, provincial and municipal governments.

Interim CAO Donna Tona said the infrastructure needs to be replaced.

“Should it fail, raw water supply would have to be diverted using tanker trucks to transfer the raw water to the north east reservoir for treatment during the construction. The project addresses enhanced chlorine regulation, complete with upgraded control and alarm systems metering outgoing water and a new fire pump.”

Mayor Rick Pankiw said there is no guarantee that Rimbey will receive the grant, but council is hopeful it will come to fruition.

“We feel that we have a great case as to why we should be granted the money.”

The application deadline for the grant is April 2 and Pankiw said council should receive word regarding the outcome within a few weeks.