ALBERTA

Red Deer Sewer Line Project Short $10 Million

04/17/2013 12:51 EDT | Updated 06/17/2013 05:12 EDT
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RED DEER, Alta. - A partly finished sewer line in central Alberta is $10 million short.

A member of the South Red Deer Regional Wastewater Commission says the Alberta government agreed in 2007 to provide 90 per cent of the cash needed for the $135 million project.

Dave Hoar says local municipalities were to provide the other 10 per cent for the line between Olds and Red Deer.

Hoar, who is also a Red Deer county councillor, says the government has now offered a final lump sum of $10 million — which leaves the project about $10 million short.

The 60-kilometre line is 80 per cent complete.

Members of the wastewater commission, along with the mayors of Olds and Red Deer, are to meet with government ministers in Edmonton about the funding shortfall.

Hoar says there's still a chance to finish the sewer line sometime next year.

"If all goes well, we are still confident we can get the pipeline completed in 2014, which matches the completion date for the expanded waste management facility in Red Deer."

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CORRECTION: An earlier version said Hoar was a Red Deer city councillor and that he was chairman of the commission.

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