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Water treatment plant now free of restrictions

As of Nov. 22, all restrictions have been lifted from Boyle’s water treatment plant and truck fill, which was put on close watch by Alberta Environment in 2007 due to its water-use limit being overstretched.

As of Nov. 22, all restrictions have been lifted from Boyle’s water treatment plant and truck fill, which was put on close watch by Alberta Environment in 2007 due to its water-use limit being overstretched.

It has run regionally through Athabasca for some time now, and is now no longer burdened under any limitations.

“The big success story behind this,” says superintendent of public works Dennis Tomuschat, “is that through the hard work we in the community have put in, all the restrictions have been lifted and it’s back to business as it should be.”

That won’t change as long as the conservation measures that were put in place in 2008 continue to be adhered to.

The truck fill adopted an account-based system, as Tomuschat says he is adamantly against returning to the out-dated and labour-intensive coin operated method. He also credits this latest upgrade in technology with aiding in the restrictions being revoked, as water use has become quite a bit simpler to track.

Currently, 200 accounts — the maximum capacity — are being held in the Pro-Logic Controller, and a motion was carried to double the controller’s scope, enabling it to hold up to 400 accounts. The cost of this upgrade is $2,500, while the estimated 2011 revenue from this improved system is $85,000.

The Boyle Fire Department scored a victory with the approved transfer of $10,500 from their reserve account to purchase a new response vehicle.

The current response truck is too old and lightweight to perform necessary rescue missions and carry the heavy equipment firefighters require for highway accidents.

The mandatory deposit for renting the Boyle Arena will increase from the current $300 to $525. The upsurge is not in reaction to any damage or foul play, but rather an attempt to cover the potential of such a situation if anything were to happen in the future.

As pointed out by Mayor Don Radmanovich, there is no increase in cost to those who wish to rent the arena. “As long as there’s no damage, the deposit is returned in full.”

The desire for a new, single-level Seniors Drop-In Centre by many in Boyle, at an estimated cost of approximately $1 million, was met with a lukewarm response during Wednesday night’s village council meeting.

The council expressed their support of the senior community’s aspirations for a new drop-in centre, and carried a motion to formally do so in a letter directed to those involved.

Elly Zeggelaar, who is also the Director of Corporate Services for Boyle, has filled the village role as Acting Chief Administrative Officer in the wake of the sudden departure of former CAO, Ken Gwozdz.





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