Riverview servicing costs on the rise

The budget is escalating to extend water and sanitary services into the Riverview Park neighbourhood on Red Deer’s west side.

The budget is escalating to extend water and sanitary services into the Riverview Park neighbourhood on Red Deer’s west side.

Red Deer city council agreed on Monday to put $797,000 more toward the Riverview Park/Heritage Ranch servicing project, bringing the budget to $3.9 million. The 2012 approved budget was $3.1 million and includes engineering, construction and other fees.

The city received only one bid of $2.55 million for the project.

The money will come from the provincial government’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative grant.

The work will extend municipal services into Heritage Ranch, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Tourism Red Deer.

These areas used to be within Red Deer County.

The city will also connect 24 properties in Riverview Park onto municipal services.

Some residents previously expressed displeasure with the plan, because of the costs they would face with the local improvements.

If residents are unable to file a valid petition, the city will extend municipal services this year.

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