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City could receive almost $1.7 million in provincial infrastructure funding

More infrastructure work is coming to the City of Lloydminster.

The Government of Saskatchewan is providing the city with nearly $1.7 million through the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP) 2020. The city hasn’t chosen any specific projects yet but Mayor Gerald Aalbers says they are reviewing projects such as water and sewer piping, stormwater work and roadwork.

Aalbers says city administration has already done some planning work which would allows them to have projects that are shovel ready. The planning work includes projects in the 25-year water and sewer upgrade plan as well as future road projects.

“It would be advantageous to take advantage of that where we’ve done pre-engineering work and we don’t have to start from scratch.”

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According to the province, all funding related to the program must be used by the city by March 31, 2022. The province will need to approve funding applications for all projects proposed by the city. The aim of the program is to stimulate the economy and encourage local job creation.

“We’ll be working with our local contractors and suppliers in the case of water and sewer. There are materials needed and those will come through a local supplier through our contractors usually. There’s spin offs all the way around. The Government of Saskatchewan has identified a need and we’ll certainly capitalize on that to address infrastructure issues.”

More details on where the money will be going towards will be discussed at a future council meeting. The next scheduled council meeting is on May 25.

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