Hefty price tag to replace BV infrastructure at today's costs

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Bonnechere Valley Briefs

Asset Management Plan

Eganville – Replacing the existing infrastructure in Bonnechere Valley will cost $188 million, council heard at their December 21 meeting.

“Most of the township’s infrastructure is at least halfway through its ideal useful life,” Tom Blais of J.L. Richards, the consulting firm hired by the township to prepare the Asset Management Plan update, said.

He pointed out the township first hired the consultants in 2013 to prepare an Asset Management Plan and in 2021 they were hired for an update and to integrate the remaining assets into the plan. The report showed the current value of the assets is $30 million but replacement costs will be $188 million in 2020 dollars.

There are some areas of concern including water services in Eganville as well as Foymount storm sewers, catch basins and manholes. Other areas of concern are the low-class roads, he said, adding the township has been good about doing maintenance.

Highlighting the water system as an example, he said it is currently valued at $4.5 million, but could cost $20 million to replace. According to the plan the most expensive assets include the roads, which have a current value of $20,468,011 and will cost $51,539,996 to replace. Core assets are the most valuable and cost the most to maintain, he said.

With a strategy to set money aside for replacement of assets, the township has a plan in place, he said.

“Overall, the Township of Bonnechere Valley is doing well, but needs to increase its efforts and investments into infrastructure to continue to improve over the long-term,” he said.

Mayor Jennifer Murphy pointed out provincial grants have dried up for the water/sewer system and this is a concern.

“We know our water plan is not sustainable with the amount of users on it,” she said.

The cost of replacing the plant is $18.7 million. The current value of the plant is $2.5 million. The mayor said she had sticker shock seeing the cost.

“These are numbers that are scary and we have to keep an eye on any grants, federal or provincial, so we aren’t pricing people out of Eganville,” she said.

“Roads we know, fleets we know, but water and sewer are so heavily regulated,” she said.

Debbi Christinck, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader

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