A bylaw increasing the amount Sexsmith is borrowing to establish a solar facility will go to a public hearing.
Council approved a Borrowing Bylaw for $1.06 million last year to build the facility, and under the Amending Borrowing Bylaw that amount will be increased to $1.2 million.
The solar facility is being built at the old landfill, intended to power municipal buildings.
The proposed bylaw has been updated with new numbers to reflect the costs of servicing the site and adding fencing for security, said Trena Huson, Sexsmith’s administrative supervisor.
Combining previously known and new expenses, the proposed bylaw authorizes the town to borrow $1.2 million from the Enmax General Portfolio.
The total cost of the project is $1.8 million, with the town using grant funding of $599,522 to cover the rest.
During its Sept. 8 meeting council agreed to provide $30,250 for fencing so the site could be energized by mid-October.
Coun. Clint Froehlick’s motion for first reading of the new borrowing bylaw was carried, with three needed before passage.
Mayor Kate Potter said the public hearing will likely be held at the next council meeting, which is scheduled for Oct. 5.
Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News