Big bill for drainage work

Holding back the flood waters is going to be costly in Enderby.

Holding back the flood waters is going to be costly in Enderby.

Council has received an update on drainage upgrades after storm sewers couldn’t keep up with summer rain storms and flooding occurred.

“We’re going to take a hard look at the numbers and see what we can do,” said Mayor Dee Wejr.

“We’re looking at longer-term actions — the highest priority first.”

The city is currently moving ahead with phase one of drainage improvements on Regent Street, from the existing pump station to Brickyard Road.

“The budget for this work is $365,000,” said Barry Gagnon, chief administrative officer.

The goal is to have phase one completed this year, while a timeline has not been established for subsequent phases.

“The other components have not been estimated yet however we expect that the balance to complete the line from Brickyard Road to the highway will be around $650,000,” said Gagnon.

“This along with the other components will be considered as part of next year’s budget.”

Wejr admits the proposed projects could have a significant impact on the city and taxpayers, but she says funding options are being considered.

“There is no guarantee of senior government grants,” she said.

“We have some money put away and there could be some borrowing.”

 

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