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Town News February 2017 (Formerly Mayor's Blog)

February 01, 2017

It sure is nice to feel the sun on our faces again! It helps me to remember that though tough times come to us all, they don’t last, but tough people do!

Best,

Mayor Watson

The start of 2017 was a busy one for our Town. I will take you through a short recap of the major moments that happened but I want to start off by addressing the most recent piece of news we received, the Imperial Oil suspension of operations at the Norman Wells field.

As many of you have heard by now, on January 26, Imperial Oil announced that starting in February they will be suspending oil production at their field in Norman Wells. This suspension is in response to the continued shutdown of the Line 21 pipeline. What this means is Imperial Oil will be starting a shut-in process that will transition them to a care and maintenance phase of their operations.

All of Council recognizes the concern this brings to residents and will continue to keep an open dialogue with Imperial Oil on their progress and what this will mean for the Town moving forward. The Town and the Northwest Territories Power Corporation are prepared to use the community’s standby diesel generators when this shut-in begins so there should be no noticeable change in power supply. We do not expect an increase to any power bills in the short term but there is a possibility of a slight increase if this shut-in continues into the long term.

On a happier note, January began with a joint announcement from the Government of Canada and the Northwest Territories Government announcing $20 Million in funding for the construction of a 14-kilometer all-season access road from Norman Wells to Canyon Creek. This project will bring welcome resources into the Region and is the first step in the construction of an all-weather road system up the Mackenzie Valley. It is important to see in these strained economic times, the commitment from all levels of government in the people of the Sahtu Region. The initial steps to get the road constructed are already underway and I will be sure to keep you all updated as this large undertaking progresses.

More locally, the Town Council passed third reading on the new Tire Chain Bylaw and Chipseal policy. This bylaw and policy will help ensure that the Towns’ roads are maintained properly and that no unnecessary damage is done by the improper use of tire chains or heavy vehicles. Signage has been placed and a designated chain up/off area has been provided for all vehicles near the entrances to the winter roads. I would like to thank everyone for their diligence and compliance with this new by-law and policy. Working together we can ensure our roads last for many years to come.

January also saw the beginning of a very important year for Canada. Canada’s sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary! And Norman Wells plans to participate with the spirit we’re known for! The Government of Canada’s vision for the 150th anniversary includes four major themes: diversity and inclusiveness, the environment, young people and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. The Town recognizes the importance of the Governments’ vision and is working to incorporate all four themes into the celebrations that will be held in town throughout the year.

The Town is working on multiple plans to celebrate this milestone coinciding with the annual National Aboriginal Day and Canada Day festivities. I know that as always, Administration will work hard to create a wonderful celebration but I also know that many of you may have your own ideas on the best ways to celebrate this milestone. Administration is setting up a Canada 150 committee to help plan and organizes these and other events through this year. I encourage everyone to participate in celebrating this important milestone and participate in this committee to have Norman Wells put on one of the greatest celebrations in Canada! If you are interested in participating in this committee or have an idea you wish to share, I encourage you call the Town Office. 

We have also been working hard on updating and improving our Town website and information delivery to our residents, this monthly newsletter being one component. I encourage everyone to check out our website and Facebook page and give us any feedback you may have on how we’re doing with respect to keeping you informed. I’m wondering if there would be a benefit to you all if we set up a Twitter account and incorporated that medium into our communications strategy. Many other Municipalities are doing it, however I’ve been told it may not be as useful as we’d like here. What do you think? Let us know!

Infrastructure Canada Projects 2016

Title

Program abbr.

Category

Location

Approved Date

Federal Contribution

Total Eligible Costs

Forcasted Construction Start Date

Forcasted Construction End Date

Sewer Main Replacement and Rehabilitation

CWWF

Wastewater

Norman Wells

2016-09-06

$4,050,000.00

$5,400,000.00

2017-05-01

2019-03-01

Waste Water Improvements - Lift Station

CWWF

Wastewater

Norman Wells

2016-09-06

$1,612,500.00

$2,150,000.00

2017-06-01

2018-03-01

Lagoon Upgrades and Improvements

CWWF

Wastewater

Norman Wells

2016-09-06

$150,000.00

$200,000.00

2017-05-01

2018-03-01

Water and Waste Water Infrastructure assessmemt

CWWF

Drinking Water

Norman Wells

2016-09-01

$150,000.00

$200,000.00

2016-10-01

2017-04-01

Town of Norman Wells Community Road Chipseal

SCF

Highways and Roads

Norman Wells

2016-03-11

$1,083,750.00

$1,445,000.00

2016-06-01

2016-09-01

http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/nt-list-eng.html 

2016 Town Funding Applications

Application

 

Funding Amount

Fiscal Year

ITI Funding – Reel Youth Project

$15,000.00

2016

Children & Youth Resiliency Program

$13,636.00

2016/2017

Clean Water & Wastewater Fund – Norman Wells Water Plant Upgrades

$7,500,00.00

 

2017-2019

Clean Water & Wastewater Fund – Sewer main Replacement & Rehabilitation

$525,000.00

 

2017/2018

Celebrate Canada 2017

$4650.00

2017

Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program – pool renovation

$87,050.00

2017/2018

United Way NWT Community Investment Fund – Youth/Elder Centre Coordinator

$7500.00

2017

Small Communities Fund NWT – Road Chip Seal Project Phase II

$1,533,250.00 – Federal SCF Funding

$511,084.00 – Community Government

2016/2017

Small Communities Fund NWT – Road Chip Seal Project

 

$1,083,750.00 – Federal SCF Funding

$361,250.00 – Community Government

2016/2017