By Samantha Johnson
The delegation that visited the County of 40 Mile council meeting was Theresa Hardieker from VERGE Economic Development, who gave an orientation for the three new councillors. It consisted of giving a brief overview of what VERGE does for the county. Reeve Craig Widmer said, “she has lots of information when clients come to her looking for businesses going into our areas on what we have for land. They don’t have to contact us directly; they will contact her and she lets us know what is going on.”
Council moved on to have a long discussion about the Winnifred Raw Water Distribution. The county wants to move ahead with raw water in Winnifred and some possible options were set up. Widmer said he couldn’t discuss the options, but the County is going to set up a meeting with Winnifred residents on March 17 at 7 p.m. have a discussion with them before anything is made public.
Council also approved a five-year capital plan. A $3 million budget for 2022 was approved and numbers were put in for the next four years, Widmer saying that much of it was guesswork. Numbers are added for what the different departments, such as public works, agriculture, administration, utilities, and fire. However, Widmer pointed out that nothing was concrete except for 2022.
However, council also discussed approving a two-year budget in order to make a commitment for both 2022 and 2023 capital purchases. This was due to having been informed by vendors that deliveries will most likely be delayed for 12 months or more.
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