Cypress County council felt it was important for a Dunmore business to get a fire suppression study done at its Nov. 6 meeting.
WeddingStar, which is located on the Bullshead Road in the hamlet had been working with the county’s planning and development service about their proposal to expand their business to meet their growing business needs. However the necessary water volume or pressure cannot be provided by Cypress County for fire suppression under the Alberta building and safety code acts.
The county’s interim CAO Jeffrey Dowling gave the option from the report to council that an analysis needs to be done on the existing infrastructure to determine what upsize of pipes and volumes of water that maybe needed in the hamlet.
“In some cases, when a prospective business comes along and say ‘can you provide fire flows?,’ they may look alternatively to other municipalities to development,” says Dowling.
Coun. Dustin Vossler agreed this an issue that needs to be addressed.
“This is something that we should really look into, considering we don’t have fire flows in any of the municipalities,” said Coun. Dustin Vossler.
“And especially the expanding of the more commercial aspect in Dunmore and what needs to be done, if we want to start to chasing the flows.”
While this study would seem to be an efficient plan, Coun. Robin Kurpjuweit said that with possible developments coming to Dunmore such as the Gasoline Alley, or WeddingStar’s cast that it would be more expensive to do 10 studies rather then one combined effort.
“If there’s others that support the idea of taking this as the time to move into the bigger study that includes this and perhaps the first phase of this study,” said Kurpjuweit.
Dowling agreed with Kurpjuweit’s that a bigger picture scenario should be considered, but Dunmore is where the most pressure is and interest is for commercial for residential development.
“I think it’ important we do Dunmore right off the bat,” said Dowling.
“But as a part of council’s strategic planning or whatever direction council wants to go with this . But certainly look at other areas of the county and encompass what other areas need to be addressed and prioritize what those areas are.”
Council approved Vossler’s motion for administration to allocate up to $50,000 in the 2019 utilities service operational budget for Dunmore’s water distribution system for fire suppression in compliance with Alberta’s building codes.
Any future development will have to comply with the province’s building and safety code acts.