No new projects planned for 2014

Summerland has spent millions of dollars in public projects in recent years, but no economic projects are planned for this year.

Summerland has spent millions of dollars in public projects in recent years, but no economic projects are planned for this year.

Municipal administrator Tom Day said projects from 1998 to the present included the sewer system, the water treatment plant, the upgrade to Thirsk Dam, the construction of the RCMP building and improvements to Prairie Valley Road.

The 1998 sewer treatment plant had a price tag of $32.5 million and the 2008 to 2009 water treatment plant cost $19.7 million.

Upgrading Thirsk Dam cost $10.7 million. The work was done in 2007, 2011 and 2012.

The RCMP detachment cost $4.7 million and the upgrades to Prairie Valley Road cost $4.0 million.

In each case, grant funding helped to pay for the work.

“We got some terrific grants,” said Mayor Janice Perrino.

At this time, no grants are available and no projects are underway.

Day said more money is needed for future infrastructure projects in the community.

In addition, he said money is needed to deal with emergencies in the future.

In fall, a leak was discovered at Isintok Dam.

The cost of repairing this leak was around $70,000.

A lightning strike at the sewer treatment plant cost around $35,000 to repair and clean up.

“We could run into difficulties quickly,” Day said.

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