Sylvan Lake City Council moves forward with sewage and water management bylaws – Sylvan Lake News

By Sam Donnelly

For Sylvan Lake News

At the regular Sylvan Lake council meeting on January 10, council was presented with two proposed changes to waste and water management and the release of the 2022-2024 budget.

The first was a proposal to replace the old Waste Management Regulation.

Waste Management

According to Monique Johnson, head of environmental services, the new regulation offers greater ease of use than the old law, in addition to correcting some minor errors.

However, the main reason for the new regulation is to deal with the inflation in the cost of waste management.

According to Johnson, the rate increases will also help fund maintenance of waste management sites as well as the purchase of a new waste management vehicle.

The rest will go to the waste management grant for later use.

Council spent very little time deliberating on the proposed bylaw before voting to repeal the old waste management bylaw and proceed to a third reading of the new one.

Wage increases for waste management are as follows:

– 240 liter black carts will drop from $19 to $19.50, while 360 ​​liter canisters will drop from $28.50 to $29 per month.

– Commercial recycling will see its monthly cost drop from $7 to $7.25.

In addition to helping cover the rising cost of waste disposal, the new bylaw would create $56,550 in solid waste revenue. The projected grant balance is $839,000.

Water flow increases

The second motion presented to council was a by-law amending the water management by-law to adjust water usage and sewer rates in Sylvan Lake.

The regulation was deliberated much longer than the other amendments. The main concern was that the increase in the price of water would be too much for the people of Sylvan Lake.

“It just seems like a lot on top of everything else,” Earl said. Kjeryn Dakin.

Johnson said the rate increases are needed now to get out of the $2.4 million shortfall in water use.

The shortfall arose in 2015, after $5.5 million was spent on restoring the lagoon.

She went on to say that Sylvan Lake doesn’t want to be in the red for very long. This could mean less funding from provincial and federal sources as well as less funding for an aging water system.

The new regulations would eliminate Sylvan Lake’s water deficit by 2025.

According to Johnson, it is better to increase costs slowly rather than being forced to charge significantly more as the deficit begins to grow.

Council voted to continue moving forward to a third reading and public hearing for the new bylaw.

The water and sewer rate increases are as follows:

-The cost of water consumption will drop from 80 cents to 85 cents per cubic meter.

– Sewer services will increase from $24.33 to $24.82 per month.

– The collection rate for sewer services will increase from $2.50 to $2.75 per cubic meter consumed. According to Johnson, this will add an average of $7.25 to account holders’ monthly bills.

Public screening at low cost

The board was concerned that the open house at Nexsource would have a low turnout. In response, they pledged to make this new budget as simple as possible.

Currently, Sylvan Lake City Council is releasing its 2022-2024 Budget/Financial Plan, which can be viewed on the Sylvan Lake website.

There will also be an open house at the Nexsource Center on January 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. A postcard with more information will also be sent.

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