By Cole Parkinson
Costs are rising all around and the same can be said for the Town of Vauxhall’s upgrade to their sanitary outfall.
While the project was just under the $2 million mark when the town first started investigating the project, those costs have risen considerably due to a variety of factors over the years. Council was updated on the status of the project during their regular meeting on Feb. 22. Administration received an updated quote from MPE Engineering with a total project cost of $4,612,000.
“It did shock us all when we saw the number. My report was quick because of how short notice we had. We have some project pieces that seem reasonable within the scope of what council was presented with originally. I did ask them, because we were qualified for a little over 70 per cent grant funding for this whole project, and the sanitary outfall project was also a historical project. We know it is decaying and getting old, and it will need to be replaced sooner than later, but when everything was added together, we came to a total price of $4.6 million. We were originally looking at $1.7 million,” explained CAO Cris Burns. “It’s 2.1 kilometres of piping at $550 per metre. We talked to our provider and it is $270 right now, so there could be a high market on the engineering side. There are things you can pull out or add.”
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