Council for the Rural Municipality of Tache has given first reading to a plan to borrow $1.7 million for a new water distribution system for Landmark. Mayor Robert Rivard says a public hearing was held Tuesday and so far, not one person has objected to the borrowing bylaw.
The entire project will cost just over $7 million. But Rivard says they have received federal funding for 50 percent of the project and provincial funding for 25 percent of the project. The municipality is expected to contribute the remaining 25 percent.
Rivard says the Local Urban District committee of Landmark has been anticipating this project and over the last few years has raised the tax levy by $290 per ratepayer in order to set money aside. He notes with the added borrowing, there will be an extra $90 added in taxes per year on a home assessed at $250,000.
Rivard says when they did this in Lorette, ratepayers there saved more on their insurance premiums than what the extra taxes cost them each year. That is because of the addition of fire hydrants. Rivard says he is hoping for a similar situation in Landmark.
According to Rivard, between 25 and 30 people came out to Tuesday's public hearing.
"All of them were very positive that this project is going forward," he says. "They are happy to see it."
With council already giving first reading, Rivard says second and third reading will probably happen at one of their next meetings. But he says in reality, they have already started the project. He says they have already made arrangements for test wells to be drilled and have started the engineering process.
Rivard says all residents in Landmark should have properly treated water by the fall of 2018.