Over 50 people took in the West Fernie Servicing Project Open House Thursday.
“It was great to see so many people come out and participate in the Open House,” says RDEK Engineering Services Manager Brian Funke. “We know there is a lot of information to share and our goal is to make sure residents feel informed every step along the way. Having information sessions like the ones this week allows us the opportunity to be able to meet directly with the community, answer questions and also hear their ideas about the project.”
At the meeting, the Project Manager for the Kerr Wood Leidal / MPE Engineering Consulting Team, Don Nash, walked attendees through the preliminary design for Phase 1 of the project, which includes the water, sewer and storm water services for the properties on the south side of Highway 3 in West Fernie. He also reviewed the timing for Phase 2 of the project. “We wanted to get out to the community to share the preliminary design for Phase 1 and gather feedback. At the same time, we are in the process of gathering preliminary information on properties in Phase 2, so want to make sure those residents and property owners are also engaged and informed.”
The next step in the project will be the detailed design work, which is expected to be complete by late November. Once the RDEK receives the required regulatory approvals, the construction contract for Phase 1 will be tendered, which is expected to happen early in the New Year. While the team is gathering the preliminary servicing information for Phase 2 properties, the actual work on Phase 2 is not expected to proceed until 2017.
The Open House was held at the Stanford Resort on Thursday, with an afternoon and evening session.