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Raymond releases new capital spending plan

Posted on September 7, 2022 by admin

By Kenyon Stronski
Westwind Weekly News

As of their August 23 council meeting, the Town of Raymond has released their Capital Spending Plan from 2022 to 2026; while only spending for 2022 has been approved – the plans for 2023 to 2026 have been endorsed. While listing no net revenue or deficit, the spending plan showcases a clear roadmap for Raymond’s direction going into the later years of council’s term.
For 2022 the big ticket item on Raymond’s list is the Wastewater Treatment System Expansion – clocking in at an impressive $8,000,000 project. The vast majority of capital for the project comes from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program who will foot most of the bill with a contribution of $5,866,666. Capital for the project will flow in from a few other streams, with Raymond predicting their total contribution to weigh in at around $1,215,000. Thus far in their plan; 2022 appears to be Raymond’s highest spending year in the near future.
CAO Kurtis Pratt noted expansion to the wastewater treatment plant will include improvements to the lift station, the grinder, the electrical components to the grinder and the control panels.
“The pool was built in 2009 and the liner has a 10 year life expectancy. We’re now past 2019 and the liner does need to be replaced. We were hoping to stretch that out a couple more years but operating costs are going up more than is probably needed just to maintain what we have so at the end of the season we’re hoping to do these repairs so we can have the liner replaced, the concrete fixed and some other maintenance so we can open the pool and be operating at peak efficiency.”
2023 will bring Raymond’s Energy Efficiency Facility Rehabilitation project which clocks in at $1,250,000. The town itself will not need to contribute any capital with funding being done fully through grants from the federal government. Other interesting items include continuing to develop Highway 845 and phase two of replacing the raw water mainline.
Originally slated for 2024 but moved to 2022 was the replacement to the pool liner checking in at $600,000. Other projects listed are their Facilities Maintenance Project, Playground Redevelopment Project and pavement rehabilitation.
“The pool was built in 2009 and the liner has a 10 year life expectancy. We’re now past 2019 and the liner does need to be replaced. We were hoping to stretch that out a couple more years but operating costs are going up more than is probably needed just to maintain what we have so at the end of the season we’re hoping to do these repairs so we can have the liner replaced, the concrete fixed and some other maintenance so we can open the pool and be operating at peak efficiency.”
2025 and 2026 are slated to be relatively quiet years for the town with spending for both years staying below $1,000,000. 2025 will feature an upgrade to infrastructure at the highschool with the bill slated to be $550,000 with funding completely covered through grants. 2026 follows the theme of upgraded infrastructure with a complete infrastructure redevelopment of road 250W also billing them $550,000. Funding for 2026 will also be completed through various grant streams.
All-in-all, in the next four years Raymond will be investing a total of $13,086,745 back into the town through various infrastructure upgrades, expansions and maintenance projects.

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