Town to purchase new picker truck

Council gives thumbs up to $2.8 million budget

A new picker truck with a price tag of $40,000 is one of the expenditures earmarked for the Town of Rimbey’s 2019 $2.8 million capital budget.

The town will also spend $100,000 on concrete crushing, 70,000 on water valve and hydrant replacement and $90,000 on technical equipment.

Public works equipment (flail mower for skid steer and traditional utility vehicle and repeater station for radios) will account for $48,100.

The water tower building roof demolition will cost $15,000.

Phase 2 of a new well which will include a raw water supply line from Well 15 to Well 13 is also part of the budget. The town’s share for the project will come from MSI funding ($310,366). The remainder will come from a grant of $459,774.

The town has also budgeted $310,000 for a NE lagoon outlet channel. Of this funding, $206,175 will come from reserves and $103,825 will come from a government grant.

Also taken from reserves will be $20,000 to use a camera and flush various underground mains, $40,000 for 52 Street sanitary repair, $18,000 for 51 street sanitary repair (Norm’s Tire Shop), waterline replacement (Parkland Motor Inn), $18,000 and $20,000 for storm water monitoring equipment.

Street improvements will include $167,700 to 53 Ave. overlay for 47 St. to 50 St., $186,900, 52 Street overlay (45 Ave. to 53 St), $25,000 to public works yard pavement repair and $30,000 for the community centre parking lot repairs.

A total of $67,300 has been earmarked for the downtown sidewalks and $8,500 for a storm swale on Drader rescent. A total of $11,000 will go for storm swale improvements on 46 St & 57 Ave.

Funding for street improvements will come from MSI funding.

A total of $136,500 will go to the 51 Street major project (predesign and planning).

A total of $13,600 will go towards garbage receptacles and benches, $4,000 for a tree replanting program design, $13,000 towards the Kinsmen skatepark and $3,000 towards the Rimbey Elementary Outdoor Rink.

The Evergreen connector trail expenses including engineering, land and legal will cost the town $12,000 and the Lions Club will construct the trail at a cost of $124,800.

Funding for the parks projects (with the exception of the Lions contribution) will come from reserves.

A total of $9,800 will be spent on pillow blocks and $3,000 will go to Ash Garden. A $5,000 fence will be built between the cemetery and the United Church.

The spray park will receive a oncrete surface this year with $33,797 come from reserves and $11,203 coming from a grant. The hot tub will also be replaced and the slide pump relocated at the pool.

A total of $220,000 (MSI funding) has been earmarked for remaining payment for a back up generator for the community centre.

Funding ($180,000) will come out of reserves for a condenser for the ice plant at the arena.

Council will use $1.1 million in reserves for its capital budget and the remainder of the costs will be covered by $1.7 in grant funding.

The withdrawal will leave the town with $2.6 million in reserves.

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