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Big bill for bigger tank

Sturgeon County will need about $10 million to make the Allin Ridge reservoir big enough to support the Sturgeon Valley’s growth.

Council accepted a report Tuesday on the expansion of the Allin Ridge reservoir and pump station and directed staff to use it in the 2015 capital budget.

Council learned back in 2011 that it would need to essentially double the reservoir’s capacity to keep up with population growth in the Sturgeon Valley region. The reservoir nearly ran out of water in 2011 and does not currently have enough capacity to support the region’s fire hydrants.

A report by the engineering firm DCL Siemens found that water demand from the reservoir roughly tripled to 819 cubic metres a day in 2013 from 281 in 2004. Based on population trends, the reservoir will need additional capacity of about 4,000 cubic metres by 2025.

The report proposed to add a new 4,000-cubic-metre underground tank to the reservoir as well as three new distribution pumps, a fire-water pump, backup generators, larger pipes and chlorine monitors. These upgrades would give the valley region enough water for working hydrants and about 10 years of growth, and would cost about $6.96 million.

The county could also supersize the new tank to 8,500 cubic metres for an additional $3.15 million, which would give the region enough capacity for 20 years of growth. This option would bring the total bill to about $10 million.

Most of the cash for these upgrades will come from offsite levies paid by developers, said county integrated growth general manager Ian McKay. The rest will come from the county.

Speed change for valley

County drivers should get ready to slow down this summer now that Sturgeon County council has moved to lower the speed limits on several local roads.

Council voted to decrease the speed limit on several roads in the northeast part of the Sturgeon Valley and near Cardiff at last week’s council meeting.

Range Road 251 south of Township Road 554 will now have a speed limit of 50 kilometres an hour instead of 80 as it passes the Cardiff Golf & Country Club.

Twp. Rd. 544A and the bit of R.R. 250 that leads to the Trestle Ridge subdivision (which is east of Starkey Road) will now have a limit of 60 instead of 80.

The Trestle Ridge situation is an anomaly in that it’s one of the only 80 km/h roads in a subdivision in the county, said county protective services manager Pat Mahoney in an interview. Most similar roads are set at 40.

“It was probably posted too high to begin with.”

Since residents are concerned about speeding here, the county decided to lower the limit, Mahoney said.

As for R.R. 251, it’s seeing a lot of car, heavy truck and pedestrian traffic due to more people heading to Cardiff Hall, Mahoney said. The drop here was in response to complaints from residents.

Expect the new speed limit signs to go up later this month, Mahoney said.

County staffers also plan to change the yield sign at the east side of the intersection of Twp. Rd. 582 and RR 234 to a stop sign in response to safety concerns, Mahoney said.

While a motorcyclist did die at this intersection after failing to yield to a northbound truck, it’s unclear if that death could have been avoided if there had been a stop sign at this intersection instead of a yield sign, the report found.

Questions on these changes should go to Mahoney at 780-939-0600.


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