During their regular meeting June 9, Sylvan Lake councillors:
● directed staff to proceed with design and tendering for Lakeshore Drive Phase 5 (east of 50th Street) based on an option which includes a sidewalk being created as part of the existing boulevard on the north side, sidewalk on the south side in front of the Best Western and on the south side of the road between 50 and 50A Street, including the intersection at Lakeshore Drive and 50th Street. Estimated cost to complete the work is in the range of $1.6 million.
● accepted for information an infrastructure study prepared by Tagish Engineering which provides estimates on the viability and constraints of servicing existing annexed land and future land planned for annexation with such things as water, sewer and transportation systems. The study also provided estimates on costs involved in increasing capacity of reservoirs and sewage lagoons.
The report stated presently the town has sufficient water supply from wells to handle a population of 18,000. It recommends that prior to hitting that number, a regional system be established.
Beyond a population of 22,000 either significant upgrades of the lagoon system will be required or a regional connection to another treatment facility is needed.
The report was one document needed for the town’s planned annexation proposal.
● passed first reading of a bylaw to increase the off-site levy amounts for water, sanitary and storm systems which developers pay. The interim increase is proposed at 25 per cent. The town’s existing off-site levy bylaw uses amounts established based on 2007 construction costs.
A complete review of the bylaw is underway but the staff report said it wouldn’t be completed in time for the 2014 construction season.
● passed third reading of a bylaw to provide for necessary changes required for the automated collection of household garbage.
● agreed to a budget adjustment of $21,000 to purchase 300 new 360 litre waste receptacles to allow residents the option to upgrade from 240 litre carts which are going to be used when automated collection of household garbage begins. The town has already purchased 6,000 of the 240 litre carts.
● passed first reading of a bylaw to close part of 48th Street between 48th and 49th Avenue (in front of the aquatic, curling and multiplex complexes) and set a public hearing on the issue for July 14.