FIRST MEETING OF THE TOWN OF LINCOLN “COMMUNITY COMPLEX STEERING COMMITTEE”

This Wednesday, November 30th, 2011, the Town of Lincoln Community Complex Steering Committee will have it’s first meeting in the process of building a complex consisting of an arena and library and community space – in the centre of Beamsville – on the former Fairgrounds Property:

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Dianne Rintjema

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WATER INFRASTRUCTURE: A FLOWING CONCERN

Water Infrastructure in many parts of North America is reaching a critical tipping point… In some areas water and sewer mains are more than 100 years old, and governments struggle with the need to replace and repair.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing to raise water rates by 90% over the next four years starting with a 25% hike for 2012. The City needs money. Money to replace 1500 kilometres of century-old water pipes and to reline or replace 1200 kilometres of ancient sewer lines. The problem is that someone wasn’t thinking ahead. Chicago’s water rates have been low compared to other cities in the U.S. and so today’s taxpayers have to pay to make up for the free ride.

In Lincoln we have consistantly invested in our water systems, regularly replacing disfunctional water mains and dealing with sanitary sewer problems. In 2009, Town Staff conducted an Infiltration and Inflow Study to identify leaky sewer mains and to create a comprehensive repair and replace “plan of attack”. As a result, a remedial pipe repair program was developed and implementation began in 2010.

Lincoln has been focused over the years in it’s investment strategy and thanks to some forward- thinkers we are in a good position.

Dianne Rintjema