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Tender opens door for expansion


Tenders for Phase 2 of the Rural Water Pipeline project were in the favour of the Rural Municipality (RM) of Dauphin to the point, council hopes to expand the project with another route.
“The price came under a little bit and we want to maximize the funding that we’ve got, so that’s why we can to go a little bit further, if we can,” CAO Laura Murray explained, noting the expansion area is planned to go down to the Stoney Point Beach area, including the Bayduza subdivision.
Reeve Dennis Forbes estimated the project needs about 12 ratepayers to sign on, for the expansion to proceed at this time.
The catch is, he said, ratepayers along the route must secure their interest with a $1,000 deposit by Aug. 31.
To reach that goal, Forbes said, RM council members and staff are making phone calls, to encourage ratepayers to sign up.
“If we can get people, where the lines are running right next to their house, it’s not a huge cost to the project, but it makes it more feasible for everybody else,” Murray added.
Council has accepted a tender from Tollifson Cable Service Ltd. which operates out of Moose Jaw, Sask.
Once the RM is able to confirm interest in the expansion, she said, it will get approval for the addition, from the contractor.
The cost of the project for each ratepayer, Murray said, will not exceed $18, 857 and is due, less the $1,000 deposit, 30 days after the project is completed.
“In some cases, some people will be allowed to put it on their taxes, those people that were already approved. These people that we’re trying to bring in now, won’t have that option,” she said, adding one quarter of the deposits needed for the expansion are already in.
“The bigger the number signing up, the smaller the overall price,” Forbes calculated.
If the RM does not get enough interest for the expansion at this time, Murray said, council will proceed with Phase 2, providing water to the northeast area of the RM, adding more lines to the Keld area, to complete Phase 1.
While he is not counting on a third phase of the Rural Water Pipeline project, Forbes confirmed the RM will apply for funding in the future.
“We’re optimistic that we will get it, but there’s no guarantee,” he said, adding the second phase of the project is not as large as the first, which involved bringing in a main line and then co-ordinating distribution.
Forbes admitted the project offered a huge learning curve for RM staff and council and is expected to run more smoothly in Phase 2.
Murray anticipates the contractor will be in the area by the end of September, working as long as weather permits, then resuming in spring.

M. A. Nyquist