Beaver Mines Project Recap

Below is a recap of information relating to the Beaver Mines Water/Waste Water Project. For any further information please contact the MD at 403 627 3130 or email info@mdpinchercreek.ab.ca

October 13, 2021

Construction Crews will be doing work on the bulk water station on Grumpy Road (Range Road 22-A). Crews will be on site starting tomorrow (October 14, 2021) and expect to be in the area until the end of next week.

During that time the road will be open but delays could happen when trucks are coming in and out with the fill material. Disturbance should be minimal.

We appreciate your patience as we try to address these improvements. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please contact the office at 403 627-3130.

October 11, 2021

Update from BYZ

October 10, 2021

Due to scheduling, BYZ will be supplying their proposed build update schedule for the following 2 weeks by mid next week.

September 10, 2021

MD of Pincher Creek – Hamlet of Beaver Mines Potable Water Distribution & Wastewater Collection
This notice is to keep you up to date on the construction project. Currently we are completing drilling behind the tennis courts/parks area and drilling adjacent to the highway. We will begin working within the red area by our laydown on 16 September which should be completed in approximately 3 weeks. BYZ will be working on 11 & 12 September 2021. Personnel will be on site to address any questions that may arise.

September 9, 2021 Construction Notice

August 26, 2021


In an effort to keep all documents in one location, and for ease for users, the MD now has a sharepoint site we will upload relevant documents to. Below is the link to the folder with all documents from the open house in August. Please let us know if you are having trouble opening any of the documents – please note, some are large files and may take a while.
 
https://mdpinchercreekabca.sharepoint.com/:f:/s/HamletOfBeaverMinesMDOfPincherCreek/Eot83OKRJRFIhyexySA2kmABQkLpo2t6FqEnPkc2DL4fag?e=qX7IXT
 
We are striving to have progress updates and planning forecasts updated every two weeks as the project moves forward.  Please contact Mark Rowinski, of BYZ Enterprises Inc. at 403 866 2233 with any further questions regarding this project.

August 24, 2021

NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION

MD of Pincher Creek – Hamlet of Beaver Mines Potable Water Distribution & Wastewater Collection
This notice is to inform you that we will begin construction on the above noted project. Currently our mobilization and setup dates are 19-27 August. We will begin mulching on 23-24 August 2021 in areas as aper map below. Hydrovacing and direction drilling will commence 30 August until 03 September 2021 which will limit access to the park. Personnel will be on site to address any questions that may arise.

NOTICE

July 30, 2021

Beaver Mines Water and Wastewater Community Meeting
 
Thursday August 12, 2021
4:00pm to 7:00pm
 
MD Administration Office - 1037 Herron Ave

** note: expected date to begin construction in Monday August 16, 2021
 
We want to take this opportunity to thank all of those that have worked with us to make this project a reality, especially the Beaver Mines Community Advisory Group who have reviewed and suggested changes all along the way.
 
We also would like to thank the residents for their continued patience as we go through the next couple of “build season” years as your hamlet goes through some major growing pains. 
 
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this meeting, please contact the MD office at 403 627-3130 or email info@mdpinchercreek.ab.ca

July 20, 2021

Not much new to update other than our tender for the distribution and collection has been extended to July 20th when the tenders will be opened in Lethbridge.  A short review period of the tenders will result in a successful bidder being chosen – normally a few days after the tenders are opened.  So we should have a contractor selected by the last week of July or early August.  Once this company and their availability to commence the project is determined, we will be holding an open house prior to them beginning.   Please keep an eye on this website for confirmation of the date of the open house and further updates over the summer.

July 9, 2021

Major Project Update
 
The MD of Pincher Creek No 9 has received Ministerial and Final Approval for our Beaver Mines Water and Waste Water Projects.
 
We are pleased to announce that this project will move forward and want to take this opportunity to thank all of those that have worked with us to make this project a reality, especially the Beaver Mines Community Advisory Group who have reviewed and suggested changes all along the way, that have now been incorporated into the plans with our engineers.  We also would like to thank the residents for their continued patience as we go through the next couple of “build season” years as your hamlet goes through some major growing pains.  Together, we can make this happen as painless as possible. To those that have issued Statements of Concerns, we thank you as well, for now we have an even more robust system that we can all have confidence in as we move to the next stage of the process.  This Approval clearly states that the AEP has reviewed and listened to our plans, the Statements of Concern and are confident in the system we have proposed in its planned location.  We truly look forward to bring this entire project to completion 2023.

June 28, 2021

The MD filed its updated Draft Approval and signed Letter of Understanding with the Department of Environment and Parks on Friday, June 25, 2021. The Department will now review the amended Draft with their Peer Committee and issue further changes or grant Final Approval. We are expecting to hear from the Department within the next two weeks.
 
Tenders have been released for the Distribution and Collection system work, which are not part of the Waste System that is awaiting approval. This way, work can begin in the Hamlet this summer or allow the contractors to purchase supplies and prep for Q2, 2022. Obviously, the more we get done this year, the better.
 
Grant extensions have been sought, and one has been confirmed already. We are just waiting for the other grant to be authorized to extend the project into the 2023 build year. The delays experienced to date have pushed the limits of what is realistically achievable in the time allotted, so extensions had to be sought.
 
A modified timeline will be released shortly with key benchmark dates for your information.
 
A bulk water station is currently being considered, and land is being sought with a landowner outside the Hamlet. Negotiations are ongoing, and the pre-engineered drawings/build estimates are being completed this week for presentation to Council on July 13.

May 11, 2021

Draft approval has been granted by Alberta Environment and Parks for the Beaver Mines Water and Waste Water Project.  MD Admin as well as our two engineering firms are currently reviewing the Draft Approval terms and conditions with legal counsel.  Until final approval is granted, we appreciate your continued patience as we have all taken another big step forward in making this project a reality for this Hamlet within our MD.  This draft approval truly speaks to the efforts we have all taken to ensure we are pursuing a technically and environmentally conscious system for generations to come.
 
Stay tuned…

Beaver Mines System Approval

May Update

 
We are currently awaiting AEP draft approval, which is expected imminently. Both Engineering companies are now tender ready.
 
Once draft approval is obtained, a quick window for comment or questions is held between the Department of Environment and Parks  and our engineering firms to address any questions or concerns.  Normally this takes a week or two to complete, then Final Approval can be granted. 
 
If there are no conditions on our Draft Approval we will be proceeding to tender.  If, however, there are conditions, we will wait for Final Approval before going to tender with our projects.  While the tender is out, we will complete our pre-build discussions with the BM CAG, Beaver Mines Community Advisory Group, and possibly hold another virtual open house to inform everyone of the next steps and how the project is slated to proceed.
 
With the tenders being out for 3 -4 weeks, construction is slated  in early July.  Construction will continue until September/October/ November, weather permitting.  Different parts of the project can be completed under different conditions.  We will do all we can in 2021 so that we tentatively finish all subsurface work by Aug/Sept 2022.  We are predicting that the resurfacing of the roads may carry-over to 2023.
 
We are also exploring a staged completion for anything that is done in 2021, with the possibility  that those that can be hooked up can be fully operational.  Normally a system needs to be completely installed prior to it being pressurized and operational.  We are looking at the option of seeing where we are in September to try to cap and pressurize the system at that point and make it operational for as many residents as we can for the winter of 2021/22 and then we will carry on with our work in Spring 2022 to complete the installations and hookups.   This is best case scenario only and should not be counted on by homeowners at this time, but we thought it prudent to explore the possibility.
 
Thank you for your continued patience as we strive to successfully complete the Beaver Mines Water and Wastewater projects.   We understand there is a small minority of residents opposed to these projects. We can assure you, based on science and facts we are proceeding with the most environmentally conscious and technically sound system we could find. We remain focused on delivering these services to the hamlet of Beaver Mines and look forward to the opportunity to mitigate any concerns residents/landowners may have.  We are here to serve and to work with you.  It is their right to have their voices heard and it is our responsibility to listen and address those concerns. Our focus remains on science, facts and what the majority of our residents have asked for.  I truly look forward to having a conversation with you all, so we can mend some fences; all the while delivering a state of the art system for generations to come.
 
Stay well all,
 
Troy A. MacCulloch, CMML, FSAScot
Chief Administrative Officer
Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9
1037 Herron Drive, PO Box 279
Pincher Creek, AB  T0K 1W0
Phone:  403.627.3130
cao@mdpinchercreek.ab.ca

Water Standpipe Survey Results - March

2021 Water Standpipe Survey Results

MD Update - February 2021 

Below is a link to a survey regarding the potential for a water standpipe near the Hamlet of Beaver Mines. Please take a moment to provide your opinion. The survey will close on March 8, 2021.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/StandPipe (survey closed)


Beaver Mines Distribution and Collection System:
 
Beaver Mines Liftstation, Forcemain, and Waste Water Treatment System:
 
Beaver Mines residential hookups:
Residents will be responsible for paying for that portion between the main lines and/into their homes. There will be more discussion with our residents and updates on this soon.
 
Regulatory Approvals Still Required:
Week ending November 5, 2020 - no further update on the water/wastewater project, still awaiting AEP approval

November 3, 2020,
Bylaw 1320-20 public hearing is scheduled for November 24, 2020. Please note it is in reference to the entire “Cowley - Castle Water Line”, wastewater services that already exist, and garbage collection in the collection areas throughout the MD. This bylaw is not specific to Beaver Mines.  It is our Utility bylaw for the entire MD. 
 
Due to covid restrictions, we are limiting the attendance within the MD chambers by reservation only, but will also be holding the meeting virtually.  BM residents will be involved more than most going forward as we walk through hookups, street/traffic disruptions, and everything else. These items are NOT a part of the utility bylaw.

There is no need, at this time, to flood this event with a large group from any one area.  Your participation is always welcome, but we want to ensure that everyone is aware this bylaw is for everyone and all utility services, not just BM Water and wastewater.

For more information on this public hearing please visit here.

September 4, 2020 *email to residents (to be on the email list, send a request to Communications@mdpinchercreek.ab.ca)
 
Good Afternoon Residents of Beaver Mines,
 
If you are receiving this email, is it because the MD was supplied with your email address, with your permission, via the Beaver Mines Community Association, or provided it directly to the MD for communication purposes. If you no longer wish to receive emails now or in the future, please reply and request to be removed from the information updates. We sincerely appreciate the community’s dedicated involvement, the hours that members have taken to reach out and speak with our staff, and the patience that the Beaver Mines community has had.
 
Beaver Mines Distribution and Collection System:
Beaver Mines Liftstation, Forcemain, and Waste Water Treatment System:
Regulatory Approvals Still Required: 
 Tentative Tender dates:
*All tender dates are tentative and contingent upon receipt of regulatory approvals.
 
Tentative construction dates:
 
** All construction dates are tentative and contingent upon tender, approvals, and 2021 weather.
 
If there are specific questions you have, please contact Aaron Benson at the MD at 403-627-3130 or email AdminDirOps@mdpinchercreek.ab.ca.
 
August 7, 2020 *email to residents (to be on the email list, send a request to Communications@mdpinchercreek.ab.ca)
 
Good Afternoon Residents of Beaver Mines,
 
If you are receiving this email, is it because the MD was supplied with your email address, with your permission, via the Beaver Mines Community Association, or provided it directly to the MD for communication purposes. If you no longer wish to receive emails now or in the future, please reply and request to be removed from the information updates.
 
Going forward, we want to ensure more open dialogue with the residents directly affected by this project. The updates we plan to send to the Beaver Mines list may be different from social media as they could contain more details – it is easy to miss the project update if you are not frequent on Facebook or the MD website. While no confidential information will be sent out to any resident, we feel that by having the ability to send individual emails to community members, we can ensure more coverage than can be reached with other ways of communication. We are interested to hear your thoughts and techniques that the MD can improve on communication. 
 
Castle Area Regional Water Supply Project Update (as of August 7, 2020):
Contract 2 – Mechanical:
Beaver Mines Distribution and Collection System:
 
Beaver Mines Liftstation, Forcemain, and Waste Water Treatment System:
Regulatory Approvals Still Required: 
Next Steps:
Tentative Tender dates:
*All tender dates are tentative and contingent upon receipt of regulatory approvals.
 
Tentative construction dates:
 
** All construction dates are tentative and contingent upon tender, approvals, and 2021 weather.
 
If there are specific questions you have, please contact Aaron Benson at the MD at 403-627-3130 or email AdminDirOps@mdpinchercreek.ab.ca. We sincerely appreciate the community’s involvement, the hours that dedicated members have taken to reach out and speak with our staff, and patience that the Beaver Mines community has had.
 
July 8, 2020 Website/Social Media/Pincher Creek Echo/Shootin the Breeze /posted in office

PUBLIC NOTICE
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF PINCHER CREEK NO. 9
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND ENHANCEMENT ACT
NOTICE OF APPLICATION

In accordance with the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, the Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9 has applied to Alberta Environment and Parks for an approval to construct and operate the Beaver Mines Wastewater treatment plant. The wastewater treatment process includes one completely mixed aerated cell, two partially mixed aerated cells, one polishing cell, and Banner At-Grade system. The treated effluent will be disposed of to the Banner At-Grade system located at SE 16-006-02-W5M.

A directly affected person may provide input into certain regulatory decisions, as allowed by the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (section 73). Specifically, any person who is directly affected by this application may submit a written statement of concern within 30 days of the date of this notice to:
 
Environment and Parks
Regulatory Approvals Center
5th Floor, South Petroleum Plaza
9915 - 108 Street
Edmonton, AB T5K 2G8
Fax: (780) 422-0154
E-mail: aep.epeaapplications@gov.ab.ca
The written statement of concern should include the following:

- the application number 001-464304
- describe concerns that are relevant to matters regulated by the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act
- explain how the filer of the concern will be directly affected by the activities proposed in the application
- provide the legal land location of the land owned or used by the filer where the concerns described are believed to be applicable
- state the distance between the land owned or used by the filer and the site in the application
- contact information including the full name and mailing address of the filer.

Please provide a telephone number and/or email address for ease of contact.

Environment and Parks will review each written statement of concern, seek more information if needed, and notify each filer by letter of the decision to accept or reject their written submission as a valid statement of concern. The Public Notice of this application will also be posted on the Department’s website at https://avw.alberta.ca/PublicNoticesViewer.aspx.

Statements of concern submitted regarding this application are public records which are accessible by the public and the applicant. Failure to file a statement of concern may affect the right to file a Notice of Appeal with the Environmental Appeals Board.

Copies of the application and additional information can be obtained from:
Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9
Attention: Aaron Benson

PO BOX 279
PINCHER CREEK, AB T0K 1W0
Telephone: 403-627-3130
Fax: 403-627-5070
E-mail: admindirops@mdpinchercreek.ab.ca
 
** Please note the timeline for submissions has passed and this is the process the MD is following from Alberta Environment.
 
If No Statements of Concern are received from the 30 day Public Notice
 
If Statements of Concern are received from the 30 day Public Notice
July 9, 2020 Website/Social Media
 
Please take note that starting Friday, July 10, 2020 surveyors will be in the Beaver Mines area to prepare for subsequent construction and tree removal for the installation of the water pipeline for the Castle Area Regional Water Supply along the East side of the Hamlet.
 
Construction is expected to take between three to four weeks (weather depending). As construction is within the utility right-of-way, no traffic shall be disrupted.
 
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the MD office at 403 627-3130 or email info@mdpinchercreek.ab.ca
 
July 10, 2020 Website/Social Media
 
Please take note that starting Friday, July 10, 2020 surveyors will be in the Beaver Mines area to prepare for subsequent construction and tree removal for the installation of the water pipeline for the Castle Area Regional Water Supply along the East side of the Hamlet.
 
Construction is expected to take between three to four weeks (weather depending). As construction is within the utility right-of-way, no traffic shall be disrupted.
 
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the MD office at 403 627-3130 or email info@mdpinchercreek.ab.ca
 
July 3, 2020 Website/Social Media
 
What can we say? In a word, Grateful.
 
This week it was confirmed by the Minister of Transportation, The Hon. Ric McIver, that the MD of Pincher Creek was successful in obtaining funding through the Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership (AMWWP).  Administration applied for this grant for the Beaver Mines Wastewater Treatment Upgrade to stimulate economic recovery, support job creation, and have the funding available to complete the project without a burden to ratepayers.
 
Our Municipality will be receiving a grant of 75% the estimated eligible project costs, up to $4,561,730 for this project under AMWWP.
 
Alberta Transportation is pleased to be able to provide this funding. They recognize that supporting water and wastewater infrastructure is critical to the quality of life, economic growth, and resiliency of Alberta's communities.
 
Council acknowledges that without community support, and numerous letters to our Provincial colleagues for funding, this project wouldn't be proceeding as it is today.  We look forward to seeing this $13M project move forward.   As there are many components to the delivery of water and waste water services to this area, it is our plan for it to be fully completed and operational by Dec. 31, 2021.  This is our target, but this will be influenced by approval wait times at many stages of the development which could push us into the 2022 calendar year for some components.  Construction is slated to commence next month.
 
This is hardly a time of surplus in our Province, and for the Government to step up at this time and find creative ways to stimulate our economy and fund shovel-ready projects deserves to be recognized and applauded.  We are truly appreciative of the Provincial and Federal support for this project.
 
Stay tuned and well done all.
 
January 30, 2020 Website/Social Media

Please note you will see activity across the street from the Beaver Mines Store today. The MD's contractors have begun clearing brush to allow for minor digging and geotechnical work to commence, locating the site for the Force Main and Lift Station required for the proposed Beaver Mines Water and Waste Water Systems being installed in 2020/2021.

We apologize for any inconvenience this and other activity may cause, but they are necessary steps as we move this project forward. Your continued cooperation and patience is appreciated.  Please be safe and courteous when approaching equipment as they work, and allow them the space they need to maneuver safely and efficiently. Let's ensure everyone makes it home safely.
 
January 22, 2020 Website/Social Media

The Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9 is pleased to announce that it will be proceeding with one of the land locations submitted under the Expression of Interest process for land acquisition.   The site is located at SE 16-6-2-W5M, just northwest of the Hamlet and the 507 / 774 interchange.
 
This site is believed to provide a suitable location for the proposed wastewater treatment system to best meet the needs of the community.  Site inspections and geotechnical evaluation will commence immediately to confirm the technical capacity and design requirements of the site.
 
Development Permit process has begun between the MD and the Project Managers and public involvement with this process will be advertised accordingly.  
 
Once site suitability and development permits have been secured, the next step will be Environmental Approval with the Province.
 
Any questions may be directed to Aaron Benson, Director of Operations for the MD, at 403.627.3130.
 
Beaver Mines Regional Water Supply Contracts

All restoration work completed with the exception of grass seeding at disturbed areas. Awaiting confirmation from LW Dennis when seeding will be completed.

L W Dennis had not begun additional work at Metering Station prior to snowfall. Snow fence and gravel pad to be completed after snowmelt.

Substantial completion has been reached

Land consultant will continue to be arranging meetings with alJ landowners which URW was obtained from to have damage releases signed and discussions on any potential outstanding work, none known at this time.


December 11, 2019 Website/Social Media/Pincher Creek Echo (December 4 & 11)/Shootin the Breeze (December 4 & 11)/
 
Land Acquisition by the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9, near the Hamlet of Beaver Mines, for the purpose of constructing a waste water system. Current design, as was presented at Coalfields School on September 14, 2019, is for a 15-acre parcel to supply the hamlet with a waste water solution so that potable water may be delivered to the hamlet in 2020/21.
 
Those interested in entering into a Land Purchase Agreement with the MD can contact Aaron Benson, 403-627-3130 or AdminDirOps@mdpinchercreek.ab.ca. Please note, Leases are not an option with this agreement. Deadline for submissions is Friday, December 13, 2019 at noon. We thank everyone for their continued patience and co-operation as MD council and staff endeavour to move this project forward.
 
November 25, 2019 Website/Social Media
 
Beaver Mines Water and Waste Water Update
 
Hi Everyone,
 
Please note our land negotiations have had a significant setback.  To this end, we will be advertising for interested landowners next week to continue this process.  The MD is committed to finding a local solution to supplying water and a wastewater system for the Hamlet.  We know this is disappointing for all involved, but we also trust there may be other viable options within the community and we truly hope to hear from those residents so we can move this project forward.  Our engineers and land agents are ready to go as soon as the next site is selected.  We will be limiting the window for interested parties to come forward to two weeks due to the timelines of our grant applications.  We ask for your continued patience and cooperation and we hope to update you all again soon.
 
Sincerely,
 
Troy
 
MD of Pincher Creek No. 9
Chief Administrative Officer
 
October 8, 2019 Website/Social Media


Beaver Mines Water & Waste Water Collection

MPE received comments from MD on preliminary set of drawings last week. A revised set of drawings will be provided to the MD next week along with a set of specifications for review. Project to be finalized in November. Tentative tender date in January.

MPE has reached out to discuss timing of the project with Alberta Environment.

Beaver Mines Waste Water Treatment

Land negotiations are ongoing and once finalized we can proceed with finalizing a tender or quote package for the initial phase of the project.
September 24, 2019
Beaver Mines Regional Water Supply Contracts 1
Beaver Mines RWS Contract 2
Beaver Mines Water & Waste Water Collection
Beaver Mines Waste Water Treatment
Castle Area Regional Water· Supply Contracts 1 Pipeline & Contracts 2 Mechanical: Castle Area Contracts 1:
o    Adverse ground conditions have continued to slow progress and a revised substantial completion date will be issued for the contract. The date will be discussed and agreed to by all parties prior to issuing. A revised contract date will need to be coordinated with the estimated completion date of the Beaver Mines W and WW system. No requests for additional funding will be allowed by contractor or consultant.
Castle Area Contracts 2:
September 11, 2019 Website/Social Media/Pincher Creek Echo (September 11, 2020)/Shootin the Breeze (September 11, 2020)/poster in office/poster at BM Store
Council for the Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9 along with MPE Engineering Ltd. &
Banner Environmental Engineering Consultants Ltd. Invite all interested residents to an open house for the Beaver Mines Water and Wastewater Treatment Project Saturday September 14, 2019 10:30 am
Coalfields School. This will be an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the project. For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact the MD office at 403 627-3130 or email info@mdpinchercreek.ab.ca

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Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9
Box 279
1037 Herron Avenue, Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0
Phone: 403-627-3130       Fax: 403-627-5070
Email: info@mdpinchercreek.ab.ca
Office Hours: By Appointment Only due to COVID-19

Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9
Box 279
1037 Herron Avenue
Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0
Phone: 403-627-3130
Fax: 403-627-5070
Email: info@mdpinchercreek.ab.ca
Office Hours: By Appointment Only due to COVID-19
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