Some smelly, but exciting, news came down for the Town of Lampman recently, as both the federal and provincial governments announced that they would each contribute over $1.6 million towards upgrading the Town's wastewater treatment infrastructure.
"It's something that's been in the works for a long time. We've been undersized for several years, and obviously the financial assistance was necessary for us to even go forward on a project like this," shared Mayor Sean Paxman, "It's definitely another tick off the bucket list to the growth ability of our community."
"First of all, we're going to relocate our lagoon that is right on the edge of town now. We purchased land just outside of town, so there'll be two new cells being built, new pipework to our lift station and upgrades to that as well, and we'll be decommissioning the old wastewater system."
He noted that this will be a major project for them.
"I don't know of another one this big in the community. It was something that we could never do without the assistance of the government. It's a great day for us."
Paxman said that they had been aware for quite awhile that the existing lagoon was too small for their population level. In addition, it wasn't working as well as it should be. That said, however, what do you expect from something 55 years old?
"Tendering will be the next step that takes place, and from there we're hoping that we can be starting sometime next year."
Lampman has also been busy over the last while fundraising for a new fire truck, for which Paxman expressed optimism that they could acquire it within the next couple years.
While the summer was practically a drought for most of the southeast, it was actually a bit of a break for the Town, which has usually had to always put up with a deluge of water. The mayor noted that, while things were dry, there is still a lot of standing water in the vicinity.