Sperling Hansen Associates will conduct a new study examining the future landfill options in Hope.

District awards new contracts

Flood Hope sewer expansion design and landfill study begin

Wedler Engineering has been awarded a $115,000 design contract for sewer expansion in the Flood Hope area.

The first phase of the project is a new line from the treatment plant on Tom Berry Road to vacant properties around exit 168 off Highway 1. Wedler Engineering will be responsible for the design, tender, review and recommendation of construction bids.

The contract will also consider future development up to the Husky Truck Stop, as well as the long-term need to provide water and sewer in the area.

Preliminary design concepts will be developed early next year for public input.The 2011 operating budget allocated $100,000 for special projects deemed critical by the chief administrative officer.

This will cover the majority of funding for the design contract, with the remainder included in the 2012 budget as part of the district’s five-year financial plan.

The district has also given Sperling Hansen Associates the green light to study the future landfill options in Hope.

In September 2009, the Ministry of Environment inspected the landfill and issued a notice of non-compliance due to serious operational and health concerns. The district has since addressed many of these issues, but the province has yet to reinstate the site’s operating certificate. Work completed over the last year includes a new dedicated cell structure for waste disposal, re-ditching and piping throughout the site to control the flow of surface water, and the dredging and draining of two leachate treatment ponds. These improvements have reduced the amount of surface water at the landfill by 80 per cent.

Before the non-compliance is lifted, the ministry requires a design and operating plan as well as an environmental impact assessment. The district wants to review all options available first before starting this process.

The landfill study costs $60,000 and will be funded from the district’s permanent closure reserve.

Upon completion next February, an open house will be held for the public to review and comment on the options.