News tidbits from the county on the other end of the lake

Kinuso water project awaits funding

Richard Froese
For the Lakeside Leader

A $4.4 million water project for Kinuso for a new reservoir and pumping station will go ahead even without provincial funding.
At its May 10 meeting Big Lakes County council accepted a recommendation to approve the project regardless. The 2017 capital budget will be amended by adding $2,131,938 from capital reserve to fund the project.
“Our budget shows that 50 per cent is covered by provincial and federal funding,” CAO Roy Brideau said. “We will transfer funds from the reserve if we don’t get the funding.”
The total cost is budgeted at $4,460,686, with $4,263,875 in the 2017 budget and $196,811 expended in 2016.
Approvals for funding were expected over a month ago.

County taking meetings to community

Richard Froese
For the Lakeside Leader

Ratepayer meetings for Big Lakes County residents are scheduled for Faust and Prairie Echo this year. Faust’s is on July 18 and the one in Prairie Echo will be on the 19th.
In a report to county council, Big Lakes’ CAO Roy Brideau wrote, “Ratepayer meetings have been held in the past with the intent to keep our ratepayers informed of our operations.” He went on to say that the meetings provide accurate financial information and a view of the coming events for the year.
“We should have our annual reports ready for those dates,” says Jordan Panasiuk, director of community services for the county.
This year’s meetings will be expanded from previous years.
“Administration is proposing that the meetings this year include an information session set up like a trade show,” Brideau said, “which would have staff from each department available to answer questions.”

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