The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) officially launched the first phase of the West Fernie Servicing & Restructure Project with about 40 residents at an information session June 23rd at the Fernie Stanford Resort. Attendees were introduced to the project team and GroundWorks branding, and learned about project history, objectives, timelines, contacts, and information sources.
“This is an important milestone,” says RDEK Electoral Area A Director, Mike Sosnowski. “The project team is in place, we’ve introduced the GroundWorks campaign, and the engineering work is underway. After the years of hard work by the RDEK, the City of Fernie, the Provincial and Federal governments and the community, I’m excited to see on-the-ground work about to begin.”
Attendees also learned about a Service Card survey that will gather detailed information from properties located just south of Highway 3. Details about how residents can help by completing the cards before July 6th are spelled out in a GroundWorks package being delivered to all West Fernie homes the week of June 29th. A ground survey being conducted throughout the entire West Fernie area starting July 6th will document roads, ditches, hydrants and property curbstop valves. All Information gathered will be used to guide project design and construction.
“We will continue to have communication with the community every step of the way,” adds Sosnowski. “From community meetings like the one this week, to newsletters, emails and the interactive westfernie.ca website, there will be lots of information available. If people have questions, they can submit them on the website or contact the project team directly.”
Approved by West Fernie and City of Fernie residents in 2014, Phase 1 of the project includes most properties south of Highway 3 and involves upgrades to the water system and construction of sewer and storm drain services. Phase 1 design is being undertaken by Kerr
Wood Leidal, along with MPE Engineering, Align Surveys, Groundtech Engineering, and Alliance Communications. The contract for Phase 1 construction will be awarded early next year, and is slated for completion in 2017.