Council supports grant application for sewage treatment plant upgrades

Minor adjustment to sewer-related development cost charges possible, but only if grant gets approval.

Needed upgrades to Revelstoke's wastewater treatment facility is the biggest ticket item for the city's aging infrastructure. Photo: City of Revelstoke

Revelstoke city councillors voted in favour of supporting a grant funding application for phase 1 of the Wastewater Treatment Facility upgrade project.

If successful the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – Green Infrastructure: Environmental Quality Sub-stream grant could provide the city with just under $10 million dollars. That would help off-set the $13.6 million required for phase 1 of the project. The remaining funds would need to come from city funds, something council also gave approval for at the regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 28. (You can watch council’s discussion on the motion in the video below).

A report to council mentions a potential minor amendment to the proposed development cost charge bylaw should the grant be successful. Councillor Gary Sulz asked what this could mean for residents. Director of engineering said the minor amendment would change how the bylaw is worded rather than requiring a major amendment such as the bylaw is currently going through.

“Although it is a minor amendment it could be a significant dollar value,” said Thomas.

Adding grant applications to the proposed DCC updates is a confusing concept for some as only grant applications which have been approved are able to be included. Mayor Mark McKee said there is a public misconception around grant money not being added to the DCC bylaw, saying it’s clear with the DCC process the city can only account for grants that have been approved.

“This is the process we’ll go through for the majority of projects. But to put the DCC in place we cannot rely on government grants. It’s against the procedure for approval,” said McKee.

Phase 1 of the Wastewater Treatment Facility upgrade project includes working towards solving the sewer odour issue as well as creating an updated liquid waste management plan. See our previous story on the grant application here.