Town of Castor highlights from the May 25th meeting

The Town of Castor gas system is in good shape, currently running a 5.75 per cent surplus

By Kevin J. Sabo

For the Advance

After the water breaks in town during the winter, the Town of Castor water loss is down almost 1,000 m3.

Water loss is a common thing for Castor, usually sitting around 20 per cent losses. Winter 2020-2021 had been especially hard on the Town of Castor’s water system, with losses hitting above 40 per cent, due particularly to a water break in the vicinity of the Evangelical Missionary Church which proved hard to locate.

“(Water losses) are really starting to come down,” said Chief Administrative Officer Christopher Robblee.

“We are right around what we lost last year. (We are) within budget parameters.”

As of the end of April, total losses on the Town of Castor water system amounted to 33 per cent.

Gas system

A polar opposite to the water system, the Town of Castor gas system is in good shape, currently running a 5.75 per cent surplus.

Previously Robblee had informed council that anything over a 3 per cent surplus or deficit would trigger an audit from the Gas Federation, of which the Town is a member, however after doing further research, he found that the Town can run a surplus on its gas system, provided there is no bylaw preventing it.

“If we get to 15 per cent revenue, we’re making money,” said Robblee.

Surpluses from the gas system do go to general Town of Castor reserves, however, when possible, a portion is put away just for reinvestment into the gas system.

Road closure

Town of Castor Council has authorized the closure of 50th St. between 49th Ave and 50th Ave (in front of F.C. Hunt insurance) on Aug. 14th to allow for the annual Castor ‘Cruise-in’ Car show to take place.

The closure will begin at 8:30 a.m. and last for the day.

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