The Village of Big Valley underwent some big changes in 2021 and are in the process of completing some big projects in the village.
Council and administration began looking at completing repairs to the village’s water tower due to aging infrastructure in March. By June the village had entered into an agreement with Knibb Development Ltd to complete the repairs, which were estimated to cost some $120,000, though council was offered the option to pick and choose which recommendations they wanted to go through with. Council approved increasing the budget to $150,000 to allow the repairs to be completed.
The village also focused on other infrastructure repairs, such as road repairs. Horseshoe Paving was contracted in August to complete six sections of road repairs.
In September, the village began an infrastructure study after a segment of sewer line in poor condition was previously identified by a public works assessment; this study will allow council to prepare for future capital budgeting to complete sewer line repairs and paving in this area, along with other infrastructure projects.
Following the October municipal election there was a complete change on Big Valley’s three-person council; newcomers Dan Houle, Amber Hoogenberg, and Gail Knudson were elected as the village’s new council with Mr. Houle appointed Mayor and Ms. Hoogenberg as Deputy Mayor following the organizational meeting in November.