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Town of Didsbury's proposed capital projects total $1.5 million

Public, council input sought before capital budget comes back to council Jan. 11

DIDSBURY - Town council has receive a presentation on the proposed 2022 capital budget, which is expected to come back before council for further consideration at this week’s council meeting.

It includes proposed infrastructure projects totalling about $1.55 million.

A special council meeting was held in person and online on Dec. 8 to review the proposed budget, which is a financial plan for proposed projects in 2022.

Including infrastructure, land improvement, building, vehicle and equipment items, the budget also outlines proposed funding sources, including grants, operations and reserves.

Proposed infrastructure projects include: 21st Street storm, water, sanitary and surface work Phase 1 - construction ($1,050,000); 21st Street storm, water, sanitary and surface work Phase 2 - design ($84,000); 23rd Street North resurfacing ($100,000); Co-op Road water, sanitary, storm and surface work design $70,000; and 21st Ave. storm and surface works ($300,000).

Land improvements items include: Didsbury Memorial Complex outlying plan pathway and landscaping Phase 1 ($150,000); Deer Coulee/Cemetery pathway replacement ($51,000); and columbarium purchase and installation ($35,000).

Building items include: fire hall emergency backup generator ($100,000); HVAC system replacement town office ($65,000); make-up air unit replacement curling rink ($65,000); HVAC system upgrades RCMP detachment ($50,000); interior painting RCMP building ($20,000); and multi-purpose room stage upgrades ($30,000).

Vehicles include: Didsbury Fire Department rescue vehicle ($700,000); fleet replacement program 3/4-ton standard cab ($66,000); and fleet replacement program 1/2-ton crew cab ($55,000).

Total cost of all the proposed projects is $2,994,500, of which $158,500 would be funded from operations, $827,200 from reserves, and $1.2 million from Municipal Sustainability Initiative grants.

Council was consider the proposed capital budget at this week’s council meeting and then administration will gather input from council members and the public before bringing it back to the Jan. 11, 2022 council meeting, said Ethan Gorner, the town's chief administrative officer.

It will then go to committee for further consideration before again being brought back before council, he said.

The complete proposed 2022 capital budget and related documents are available for viewing on the town’s website.

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