To learn more about any of these news items, please contact the RM Office.
To review the current status of the project, visit the Project Progress page.
Please take our survey - and help us make important decisions
Until July 24, 2020, you're invited to participate in a survey conducted by Probe Research about the next phase of the South St. Andrews wastewater project. We're particularly interested in hearing from property owners within the service area.
Before you take the survey, please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with some important questions the survey will explore. Your thoughtful ideas and opinions will help us understand what would work best for the community as we prepare to implement the new wastewater system.
You can read about the survey questions and how to participate on our Survey page.
New committee advising on wastewater consultations
June 30, 2020 - A new implementation committee has been formed to help Council gather community input and communicate with residents as the RM prepares for the launch of the new South St. Andrews wastewater system.
This new committee, the South St. Andrews Waste Water Implementation Advisory Group, will help shape the public consultation on user rates, financing, billing and other decisions that will be made before the system becomes operational. The RM will soon launch a public survey that has been developed with the committee's input.
The committee includes Mayor Joy Sul and Councillors Matthew Prychun, Darryl Pohl and Kristin Hoebee, representing wards within the service area as well as citizen representative Karen McKenzie. Also participating in the meetings is the RM's Chief Administrative Officer, DJ Sigmundson.
When will everything be finished?
June 30, 2020 - That's a question RM staff hear frequently as construction of a major infrastructure project nears completion. You may not have seen much construction activity in your neighbourhood lately, and may be wondering when the new South St. Andrews wastewater system will be completed.
We all look forward to the day when all sod is replaced and surfaces are restored, and we are encouraging contractors to complete this work as soon as they can. In some cases, contractors have needed to wait for earth to thaw and settle, which can take longer than we may realize. This year work schedules may also be complicated by the COVID-19 disruptions many businesses have experienced.
We'll keep you posted as other final details are resolved, including when the new system will be ready for operation, when initial payments will be due and the financing options available. If you live in the service area, you can expect to be contacted directly in the coming months.
In the meantime, thanks for your patience. Please contact the RM Office if you are experiencing any disruptions because of the work underway.
Coming soon: Public consultation on utility rates
June 15, 2020 – At the end of this summer, the RM will be asking the Public Utilities Board to set user-rates for the first year of operation. We want to make sure these rates are as fair and affordable as possible, right from the beginning, and soon we will be seeking your input and ideas for achieving that goal.
Later this month the community will be provided with information about the decisions facing us and the possible implications. We’ll then ask for your feedback through a survey, written comments and other appropriate means for these physically distanced times.
Decisions about rates can be difficult to make, particularly during the first years of a new utility. Originally, Council agreed that the costs of operating the system should be shared only by those households using the system during any given year. The drawback of that principle is that costs would be high during the initial phase-in period, if only a few hundred households are connected to the system. In the longer term, as more households connect, there will be more ratepayers to share the costs, so everyone’s rates should go down. The big question facing us now is, what should we do in the meantime to ensure that utility rates are fair and affordable?
During the public consultation, we will seek your views and ideas as we address this and other questions. The goal is to balance all of the RM’s priorities for rates, including the desire to have users share the costs and the need to ease the transition as people in South St. Andrews move to the new system.
Please stay tuned for more information later in June.
Looking for your ideas: How can we make it easier to prepare?
JUNE 15, 2020 - About 1,800 residents will be preparing to connect to the new system over the next five years. Are there ways the RM could make the process easier? Would you like assistance with finding qualified contractors or perhaps financing the costs?
We'd like to hear your ideas, and about any difficulties you may be encountering. To share your comments, please contact the RM Office.
JUNE 15, 2020 - The River Road lift station and odour control systems are about 60% completed and should be substantially complete by late August. Thank you for your patience while this work is underway.
Water meter installations resumed in May after being put on hold due to COVID-19. We continue to make progress on easements, inspections of work to date and addressing deficiencies.
We are also in the process of converting our memorandums of understanding with other municipalities into formal agreements.
More details on project status are available here.