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M.D. reeve excited for new year

Posted on January 11, 2023 by Taber Times

By Cole Parkinson
Taber Times

It was certainly a busy year once again for the Municipal District of Taber. Throughout 2022, the municipality saw plenty of projects and exciting things happening, and looking back at the previous year, Reeve Merrill Harris says the year brought tons of things to the M.D. over the 12 months.

“Lots of exciting things have happened in the municipality recently. The Horsefly Regional Emergency Spillway Phase 1 project was put out to tender in September and there were six construction companies who submitted bids to do this project. The low tender of $25,345,180 was approved by council on November 7,” he said. “Water Act approval from Alberta Environment was received on November 22, and construction has started on the north end of Taber Lake. Engineering on Phases 2 and 3 of the project is ongoing and these two phases will be put out to tender when the engineering is complete which is likely next fall.”

Harris also touched on the RenuWell project which saw plenty of progress in 2022.

“The ribbon cutting ceremony for the RenuWell project was planned for November 2 but due to a blizzard, the ceremony was cancelled. We did participate in a luncheon that was planned where all the partners in the project were together and celebrated the successful launch of the two pilot projects in the M.D., one south of Barnwell at the James Molnar farm and one north of Fincastle at the Cory Layton farm,” continued Harris.”What RenuWell has done is taken two abandoned oil well sites and transitioned them to solar electrical generation sites. This saves prime irrigated land from being taken out of production for solar electrical generation. The infrastructure needed for solar generation was already on site.”

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