Bashaw voices no doubt to be heard on water

Council to hold Jan. 17 meeting at community hall with expected public participation

One probably never expected water to be such a divisive issue, but it has become a contentious one in Bashaw.

That’s the big reason town council is moving its regular meeting on Jan. 17 — which gets going at 6 p.m. — to the Bashaw Community Centre as it looks to grapple with how much to charge in 2019 for water usage.

CAO Theresa Fuller explained, at council’s meeting on Dec. 20, the rationale in moving to the larger venue is because of the anticipated number of residents that are likely to show up and want to have their voice heard on the issue.

The majority of council have already publicly expressed their thoughts at that previous council meeting.

RELATED: Water rate hike in Bashaw inevitable

Several noted it is likely best to keep the base charge at $25 per month then raising the price to the $2.96 per cubic metre that the commission will charge in 2019. That would be a 32 cent jump from the 2018 subsidized price approved by council in an effort to cushion the blow to residents.

Only one councillor hasn’t expressed his thoughts, but only because Coun. Rob McDonald wasn’t at that meeting.

Water became an issue in late 2016, when the town was slated to finally be hooked up to the Highway 12/21 Regional Water Commission’s line, complete with an expected and dramatic price hike from 90 cents to $2.88 per cubic metre to go along with a change to softer water.

Despite the arguments presented, the town didn’t have much of a choice considering some of the consequences — a half million dollar buyout on top of still having to pay for water for two years and possibly losing provincial grant support for future infrastructure upgrades.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Environment Minister clarifies misconceptions in Bighorn proposal

Minister Shannon Phillips speaks to concerns around the Bighorn Country

Snowfall adds some delay to morning commute

The QE2 and area road conditions in central Alberta were partly snow covered

Bashaw Stars peewee team wins against Ponoka

The peewee Stars played a solid game against the peewee Ponoka Stampeders

STARS meets with Ponoka County on campaign for new choppers

The emergency services organization is looking at nine new choppers for its three provinces

Bashaw voices no doubt to be heard on water

Council to hold Jan. 17 meeting at community hall with expected public participation

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Ponoka RCMP are looking for a missing man

Police say he may be in Drayton Valley and they are worried for his wellbeing

Judge denies requests from Calgary couple charged in son’s death

David and Collet Stephan wanted $4 million to pay for past and future legal bills

Innisfail RCMP arrest two men attempting to sell stolen property

A large amount of music equipment and instruments had been stolen

Fashion Fridays: Inspirational gym outfits

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Company issues lifetime ban after man jumps from cruise ship

Nick Naydev posted the video last week showing him standing on the balcony of the Symphony of the Seas

Unruly passenger forces B.C.-bound flight to divert to Calgary

Police say charges are pending against a woman in her 40s

Pro-immigration rally planned for Red Deer on Saturday

Rally taking place outside Red Deer City Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Inflation rises as higher airfares, veggie prices offset cheaper gas

Statistics Canada says inflation accelerated to two per cent in December

Most Read