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Council to spend $9.5-M on development in 2013

Town council has approved six projects totalling $9.5-million for 2013.
The recommendations came from council’s strategic planning retreat last month.
“These approvals will take care of some internal and external infrastructure issues and allow us to open up some new development that we believe will attract residential, commercial and industrial interest in our community,” Mayor Shawn Patience said. “They are all very exciting.”
Council held its strategic planning retreat over a weekend in February in council chambers in the Town Office.
At its Feb. 25 meeting council approved six projects that came as recommendations from the retreat.
The town will upgrade its water treatment plant, including UV disinfection and filters, at a cost of $2.1-million.
Fort Macleod will get $1.2-million from the government’s Alberta Water and Waste Water Program and council will draw $900,000 from reserves.
Council also voted to spend $2-million to upgrade 20th Street.
The project includes underground electrical and service lines, paving the street and new sidewalks on the 100, 200 and 300 blocks, including a portion of Third Avenue.
Council will draw $2-million from reserves, including $77,000 from the street repair account, for the project. Provincial funding could be available from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative and Basic Municipal Transportation Grant program.
Council also approved construction of a new community services building to house the Town of Fort Macleod’s electrical, public works and recreation departments.
The first step is a site analysis.
Council will draw about $1.5-million from the town’s 2012 and 2013 Municipal Sustainability Initiative and $300,000 from reserves.
Council approved a $1.1-million addition to the west side of the Town Office building.
Fort Macleod will use the Town Office in Wetaskiwin as a model for the addition.
Council will draw $150,000 from each of its 2012, 2013 and 2014 Federal Gas Tax Fund grants for a total of $450,000. Another $650,000 will come from reserves and council will pursue grants for accessibility or green initiatives.
Council allocated $1.6-million from land sales reserves to fund development of the new Macleod Meadows subdivision east of Extra Foods.
Council has hired the Oldman River Regional Services Commission to do the subdivision design, and MPE Engineering Ltd. is working on engineering to provide cost estimate.
The subdivision could be developed in two construction phases with the south side being built first.
Council decided to move forward immediately with the Southeast Business Park on the 320-acre site originally designated for the now-defunct Alberta Public Security and Law Enforcement Training Centre.
Council will have MPE Engineering Ltd. work with the Oldman River Regional Services Commission to design the lot subdivision and estimate the cost of roads and services for Phase 1 on the west end of site.
“That will get us started,” Patience said. “That will get us a plan for the whole area.”
Council will draw about $1.2-million from reserves for this project.
“There will be a number of open houses ahead which will allow opportunity for further information on all of these projects,” Patience said. “We want to keep the community involved and informed as we move forward.”