City council discusses ways to meet deadline for wastewater treatment plant

By Jessica Dempsey

January 24, 2018 12:46 PM

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It may be a new year, but the Wastewater Treatment Facility is still a main concern for the City of Lloydminster.
During Monday’s Governance and Priorities Committee meeting, the topic was brought up and how the city can meet the Dec. 31, 2020, deadline.
Council was given information about a different model for construction to look at. This model was the Integrated Project Delivery method. 
“The problem we now have is we now have a deadline that has been imposed by the federal government, a department of Environment Canada enforcement branch, which doesn’t tie our hands, but in essence, forces the process,” said Mayor Gerald Aalbers.
The design-build project delivery method was originally chosen to design and construct a new facility. In March, the city procured the services of ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd.
The city then went back to ISL to ask for other options. They came back with the IPD option, which has been used in the past with the province of Alberta.
“We are looking at something a little different,” said Aalbers. “It will give the opportunity for local contractors, in the form of subcontractors, because looking at the nature of the project I don’t know if there is a contractor that would be able to step up as the general contractor with the experience we are looking for.”
As for being able to make the tight deadline set out to the city, Aalbers said it was possible.
“It’s going to be tight, it’s going to be extremely tight, and I think as the government, and discussing it with the minister of environment in Saskatchewan … certainly, they are willing to work with us. I think once this project is approved we will have a much better timeline, and I think they understand that as well,” said Aalbers.
The city originally requested a 10-year extension, but they were only granted three years.
The wastewater treatment plant is estimated to cost $80-million, something the city has been trying to garner funding for. Aalbers said they are still waiting to hear back from both provinces.
“Waiting patiently, I have been in contact with our local MLAs, I’ve been in contact with the minister’s office in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. There is dialogue I understand going on, but, we wait for an announcement,” said Aalbers.

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