The Town of Coaldale’s Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP) is a strategic document focused entirely on the current status of the Town’s potable water, stormwater, sanitary sewer, and streets and roads, and when different parts of these systems may need to be replaced, upgraded, and/or extended.
The IMP is key to the effective management of the Town’s infrastructure, and this IMP represents the first comprehensive plan for Coaldale. The IMP, along with other major strategic documents such as the Transportation Master Plan, Town Plan, and once completed, the Stormwater Master Plan (SWMP), ensure Town Council and administration have a suite of comprehensive resources that will inform decision making now and into the future.
According to the Town's Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP) that was completed by MPE Engineering, "the Town's infrastructure is in relatively good condition and provides a suitable level of service for the community. Based on the projected population for the Town and the cumulative estimated total cost of the recommended upgrades, the Town's estimated per capita expenditure rate over the next 20 years is below average compared to other municipalities in Southern Alberta for which MPE has prepared similar planning studies" (p. 11).
The table below provides a high-level overview of the projects recommended in the IMP that are completed, in progress, or will be budgeted and planned for within the next 5 years. The remaining projects will be updated in the table annually to reflect the progress made within the IMP recommendations but at this time it is premature to provide specific funding allocation information for projects beyond a 5-year horizon without also:
1) considering the budget holistically;
2) seeking cost-saving or funding opportunities such as grants or combining certain elements of different projects; and
3) exploring options to extend the life of Town assets.
The funding strategies for the remaining projects will be part of the Town’s ongoing Asset Management Plan that will continue to be developed and refined on an annual basis. For project budgets that are not yet posted on the Town’s budget platform, Questica, the general funding source for approved projects can be found on page 86 of the Town’s 2021 Budget. Detailed information about each project can be found within the Town's Infrastructure Master Plan.
Wastewater (WW), Potable Water (PW) & Stormwater (SW) Upgrades
|Year||Project||Status||Budget||Funding Strategy||Timing/Trigger event|
|0 to 5||Main Street Upgrades||Complete||Questica|
|0 to 5||West Coaldale Main Trunk – Phase 1||Not started||Proceeds from sale of the residual acres around the Joint School & Rec Centre project||Once the residual acres around the Joint School & Rec Centre are sold and the plans for development are approved, the West Coaldale Trunk Main - the sanitary line and street (16th ave) - will be replaced|
|0 to 5||Lift Station Trash Rack Upgrade||Completed||Questica|
|0 to 5||
30th Avenue Elm Dr to 17th Street 375 mm Upgrade
|Not started||Offsite levies||Additional growth south of Cottonwood Drive will trigger the need for this upgrade|
|0 to 5||20th Avenue / 11th Street 450 mm Upgrade||Not started||Infrastructure reserve||Infrastructure is monitored and assessed on an ongoing basis via the Town's CCTV program and sewer modeling which will ultimately determine the timing of the project|
|0 to 5||
23rd Avenue 13th Street to 17th Street 375 mm Upgrade
|Not started||Infrastructure reserve||Infrastructure is monitored and assessed on an ongoing basis via the Town's CCTV program and sewer modeling which will ultimately determine the timing of the project|
|0 to 5||
Lift Station Pumping, Electrical, and Mechanical Upgrades
|Not started||Questica||Provincial grant dollars||Tendered|
|0 to 5||Wastewater Treatment Upgrades||Ongoing||Questica||Provincial grant dollars, infrastructure reserves, debenture financing||Tendered|
|0 to 5||
Pressure Sustaining and Metering Station Structural Remedial Work
|Not started||Infrastructure reserve||The structural condition of the building is monitored and assessed on an ongoing basis which will ultimately determine the timing of the project|
|0 to 5||New Pump Station and Reservoir||Not started||Offsite levies||As additional growth in the newly annexed section of town takes place, the need for additional clearwater storage will be required. In this instance, the idea is that growth will pay for growth.|
|0 to 5||
Coaldale Reservoir Utilization (Malloy Phase 2B)
|Budgeted for 2022-2023||Questica||ARCP grant dollars, federal grant dollars, Lethbridge County, SMRID, Town of Coaldale infrastructure reserve||Scheduled for 2022 construction|
|5 to 10||Pump Station Pump Upgrades||Ongoing||The Town is executing a deliberate phasing strategy to replace the pumps to ensure that they do not require replacing at the same time in the future|