Central Alberta recognized for sustainability in collaboration

(L-R) – City of Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer, Town of Blackfalds Councillor Marina Appel, Lacombe County Reeve Paula Law, NRDRWWSC CAO Matthew Goudy, NRDRWWSC Chair Ken Wigmore, City of Lacombe Mayor Grant Creasey, Town of Blackfalds Mayor Richard Poole, and AUMA President Barry Morishita with the 2018 AUMA Sustainability in Collaboration Award. Photo supplied

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Working together paid off for four central Alberta municipalities, including the City of Lacombe, as they were named recipients of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association’s (AUMA) 2018 Sustainability in Collaboration Award.

Lacombe, as well as Lacombe County, the Town of Blackfalds and the City of Red Deer were given the award for the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater system, which required inter-municipal collaboration to support growth and sustainability throughout central Alberta, as well as address water quality in the Red Deer River.

The award was handed out Wednesday as part of the AUMA Convention at Westerner Park in Red Deer.

“On behalf of the member municipalities of the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Services Commission, I am honoured to receive the AUMA’s 2018 Sustainability in Collaboration Award. This award speaks to the great ongoing working relationship that our communities enjoy,” said North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Services Commission(NRDRWWSC) Chair Ken Wigmore. “This project was the largest capital project in the central Alberta region for some time, and it will continue to benefit area residents well into the future.”

(Left to right) City of Lacombe Mayor Steve Christie, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi, Lacombe County Councillor Ken Wigmore,Alberta Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation Brian Mason, Town of Blackfalds Mayor Melodie Stol, City of Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer and LacombeCounty Reeve Paula Law break ground on the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Transmission System on Monday, March 27 at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

Ground broke on the project in March of 2017. At the time, the project was a critical need for the region as Blackfalds had reached capacity of their wastewater system, and Lacombe was not far behind.

A total of 28 kilometres of PVC pipe were installed, connecting Lacombe, Lacombe County and Blackfalds to a regional wastewater treatment facility in Red Deer. Two major lift stations, emergency storage reservoirs and odour management measures were also included in the almost $70-million project.

The system officially went live in April 2018, and according to a release,” yielded immediate economic benefits to the area in terms of employment,” as well as addressing wastewater needs.

As per the business plan for the system, it will last for at least the next  35-50 years, with the ability to accommodate further growth in Lacombe and Blackfalds, as well as provisions for the tie-in of the Sylvan Lake regional wastewater line in the future.

(Left to right) Town of Blackfalds Mayor Richard Poole, Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason, North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Services Commision (NRDRWWSC) Chair Ken Wigmore, federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi, City of Lacombe Mayor Grant Creasey, City of Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer and Lacombe County Reeve Paula Law unveil a commemorative plaque marking the opening of the NRDRWWSC transmission line during a ceremony on Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

“It is exciting, but not surprising, that the central Alberta region has been recognized for dedication to collaboration and sustainability,”said NRDRWWSC and City of Lacombe CAO Matthew Goudy. “The City of Lacombe and our partner municipalities have a long, successful history of working together to make great things happen.”

Those sentiments were echoed by Lacombe County Reeve Paula Law, as well as Blackfalds Mayor Richard Poole.

“The Town of Blackfalds is excited to be recognized, with our partners, for this award,” he said.

“This program was a combined effort and it truly shows the spirit of collaboration that allows our region to be one of the most progressive in, not just our province, but our country. It is a testament to our staff and their collective visionary approach with our partners to bring this project forward for our residents.”

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