While an interim project leader for the Flood Mitigation program has just been installed, the flood mitigation team is still hard at work.
Last week the town announced it has replaced the leadership of the Flood Mitigation program and has an interim leader. A few days before, an interim communications team was also put in place. While these new teams are familiarizing themselves with the program, work is still being completed.
“We have changed the project management coordination, but all the engineering teams and everyone else involved all remained in place, and are well on their way to complete their project assignments to be able to take them up to tendering,” said Drumheller CAO Darryl Drohomerski. He adds timelines should not be affected much by the change.
Drohomerski explains the current assignment work will culminate with a project that is ready to tender and he estimates they are probably about a month away from completion.
He notes work will be spread out over the next few years. They are formulating a plan as to which project they are going to build in the coming construction window. At council on Monday night, June 14, Drohomerski explains they are looking at rolling out the project in stages, such as neighbourhoods or berm areas, through in-person open houses. No construction will take place until it is communicated with the public.
“This is a multi-year project and as a result, we are revisiting how quickly we can release all the information,” he said. “Our process has been talking to potentially impacted property owners prior to the release of any berm alignments or designs. The last thing we want to do is have someone find out at an open house a berm is going through their backyard.”
Currently, they have an interim project leader and they are planning to put out a new request for proposals for a project leader and communications team in the very near future.