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News Release - Village received infrastructure funding

Mar 9, 2018

                News Release

Village of McBride receives government funding for much needed infrastructure works

Project made possible thanks to Federal Gas Tax Fund

March 9, 2018

Village of McBride, BC                      

The Village of McBride has received confirmation of Federal Gas Tax funding for Phase 3 of the Columbia Street Storm and Sanitary Sewer project.

The municipality installed a new eco-sensitive waste water treatment facility in 2010 and previously completed phases 1 and 2 of the storm sewer installation along Columbia Street from 1st to 5th Ave. This infrastructure project, phase 3, will include the replacement of vitrified clay tile sanitary sewer lines and installation of new storm sewer lines between 4th and 5th Avenues from Columbia Street to Main Street. The existing sewage collection pipes were installed over 70 years ago and they suffer from significant infiltration and inflow of drainage water that stresses the capacity of the Village’s wastewater system. This robust capital initiative will allow the Village of McBride to address this issue by diversion of the inflow of ground water to the storm water system, while ensuring the long term health of the sewage collection system.

Approximately 300 meters of sanitary sewer pipe will be installed, along with the replacement of service connections to 32 residences. In addition, 380 meters of new storm sewer main and ancillary infrastructure will be installed along with new service connections to the property line. The project will also include the full width reconstruction of 250 meters of road.

The Village of McBride will receive $944,970 from the Federal Gas Tax Fund and the municipality will provide the equivalent of $7,500 in equipment and staffing costs, resulting in 100 percent of the project being funded.

Each year, the Government of Canada provides over $278 million in funding for local government infrastructure projects across British Columbia through the Federal Gas Tax Fund. The Union of BC Municipalities administers the Federal Gas Tax Fund in British Columbia in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

 

Quotes:

Province of British Columbia:

“Improvements to local infrastructure are so important. They make our communities even better places to live,” said Selina Robinson, B.C. Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “We are pleased to partner with local governments and the federal government to improve the daily lives of British Columbians.”

 

Union of BC Municipalities

Director Wendy Booth President:

“Communities across BC are looking for funding to replace, upgrade and expand local infrastructure. The Federal Gas Tax Fund is accelerating the pace of infrastructure renewal through the transfer of close to $3 billion since 2005 for projects in our province. I appreciate the Government of Canada’s long-term commitment to fund priorities identified by BC local governments.”

 

Village of McBride

Mayor Loranne Martin:

“On behalf of Council and the citizens of the Village of McBride, we sincerely thank the Provincial and Federal governments for their continued commitment to funding much needed infrastructure, particularly in small northern communities such as ours. The Federal Gas Tax Fund provides the required capital funds to replace outdated utility works, as well as install vital new drainage services, thereby reducing the environmental impact in our municipality.”

 

Links:

For more about the Federal Gas Tax Fund visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html.

To see all projects funded through this intake, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/16553.

For future updates on the McBride project visit: http://www.mcbride.ca/village-office/news-and-notices

 

Contact:

Mark Brown
CAO
Village of McBride
(250)569-2229

 

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