Tuesday, March 21, 2017

City celebrates Federal/Provincial funding for water projects

The City of Prince Rupert offered its first comments today on an announcement of additional funding for some key infrastructure programs.

As we outlined on the blog yesterday, the funding for the City was part of a Friday festival of funding from the Federal and Provincial governments, offering up a list of financial contributions for a number of Northwest communities.

For Prince Rupert it was their quest for funding for the second phase of their Shawatlan Dam project that had found success, with the Federal government set to contribute $4,295,000 and the Province to chip in $2,834,700 towards the project that will replace the 100 year old Dam, with the City of Prince Rupert to provide the remaining $1,460,300.

Today, the City explained how that share would be covered off, with confirmation that the City of Prince Rupert Legacy Fund would be used to lessen the burden of the infrastructure project on ratepayers.

Mayor Lee Brain made
note of funding for the
Shawatlan Dam project today
The Mayor outlined the importance of the infrastructure for the community, with the work to take place as part of the ReBuild Prince Rupert theme from Council of recent months.

“We are very excited to announce this funding to the community, as we have now achieved $11.5 million dollars in total grant funding for our waterworks project. Receiving this large investment from other levels of Government illustrates their commitment to Prince Rupert and our community’s future well-being.”  ... “Securing our water supply is City Council’s number one major infrastructure priority and showcases our commitment to Rebuild Prince Rupert.”

The first phase of the ambitious three phase project was approved earlier this month, when the City awarded a contract to Kledo Construction from Fort Nelson, they will be replacing the water pipeline and build an access road to the Shawatlan Dam.

You can review the full information announcement from the City here.

For more items related to infrastructure in Prince Rupert see our archive page here.

Further items related to Prince Rupert City Council can be found on our Council Discussion page here.

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