Donnelly council adopts plan

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

One must know what they’re talking about before spending money wisely.

It’s what the Village of Donnelly decided at its meeting Sept 9.

Council heard it has about $595,000 in unallocated MSI capital funding to spend, CAO Matthew Ferris told council, but where to spend the money best needs to be determined.

“We have infrastructure that needs to be reviewed and updated,” said Ferris.

He asked council to approve a motion to spend $25,000 to $50,000 to develop a complete infrastructure capital plan so council would know the condition of its infrastructure.

“It’s a great idea,” said Councillor Brian Labrecque. “It’d be nice to know.”

Councillor Aubrey Stenhouse agreed.

“We don’t have any idea,” he noted.

At various times during the meeting, the subject of repairs was discussed. Many potentially involved the same water and sewer lines which would seem to indicate an upgrade was a high priority.

Ferris said a proper study would enable council to spend the money on projects needed most. He added the estimated cost of the plan was based on his previous experience.

Once the report is completed, decisions will be made on which projects will be completed.

Potential projects include roads, storm water, water, sewer and recreation equipment in the village.

A motion to approve the plan passed unanimously.

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