CREMONA - Alberta Municipal Affairs has approved grant funding for the development of a regional stormwater management plan for the Village of Cremona, a plan that will include an evaluation of existing drainage and areas of possible concern such as local flooding.
In a letter received by the village, Minister Ric McIver gave notice to the municipality that it will receive $69,000 under the Alberta Community Partnership grant program.
Having the plan in place would help with future planning and will allow the municipality to consider needed changes, said mayor Tim Hagen.
“It will show us where our weaknesses are and it would also show us what we should do in the future,” Hagen told the Albertan.
David Seeliger, senior project manager with MPE Engineering, outlined the proposed plan in an earlier letter to council.
The plan is needed to assess existing conditions and provide recommendations for drainage improvement, he said.
“As the village grows, it is important to understand how the existing system is managing and the impact that new development will have on existing drainage infrastructure and the downstream conveyance systems,” Seeliger said.
“Therefore, having a plan to manage additional runoff generated by future development within the village will be an important focus of this study.
The study will cover an area of approximately 17 hectares within the village.
“The existing stormwater management system is more evolutionary than planned, and public works has indicated that there are several areas that do not properly drain during spring thaw and intense rainfall events,” he said.
The conditional grant agreement will be forwarded to the village shortly to obtain the appropriate signatures, said Minister McIver.
“This approval does not signify broader support for any recommendation or outcome that might result from your project,” he said.