Moosomin officially confirmed as site office for Spread 6: Enbridge announces $1.35 million in community donations

June 4, 2018, 8:04 am
The World-Spectator


Enbridge officially announced Monday that Moosomin will be the site office for construction on Spread 6 of the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project.

Work will begin in August on Spread 6, with Banister as the contractor. About 800 construction workers will be working on the project. The bulk of the initial work will be done in the seven months starting in August, with some additional work in the summer of 2019, and additional work in decommissioning the current pipeline once the new Line 3 is in service.

Enbridge also announced Monday that it will provide approximately $1.35 million in Community Investment funding that will go toward more than 55 communities in Saskatchewan and Manitoba in support of locally driven projects and initiatives that support safe, healthy and sustainable communities.

The funds will benefit communities in close proximity to the Line 3 Replacement pipeline right-of-way and are supplementary to Enbridge’s ongoing community investment program. The money will go toward everything from swimming pools to parks and playgrounds, community hall and recreation centre upgrades, emergency response equipment and more. Donations have been announced for Moosomin, Wawota/RM of Wawken, Whitewood, Fairlight, Kennedy, Kipling/RM of Kingsley, Langbank, Maryfield, RM of Pipestone/Cromer, and Virden.
Projects approved for funding include:

Moosomin $75,000
Including $25,000 toward purchase of an aerial platform truck for the Moosomin Fire Department;
$20,000 toward improvements to the Tim Hortons Outdoor Eventplex;
$15,000 toward purchase of a hot tub at Moosomin’s swimming pool;
$8,000 toward camping spots at Bradley Park; and
A contribution toward removal of invasive species around Moosomin Lake.
replacement of the kitchen at the local community hall, and for fire department equipment.

RM of Pipestone/Cromer $25,000
To go toward rink repairs.

Virden $25,000
For development of a community splash park.

Kipling/RM of Kingsley $20,000
For pool improvements, including a non-slip coating application, replacement of sun shades and enhancements to the children’s play area, and acquisition of new library space.

Langbank $15,000
For accessibility improvements to the Community Hall.

Kennedy $10,000
For campground expansion and enhancements.

Whitewood $10,000
For replacement of the liner for the swimming pool.

Wawota/RM of Wawken $10,000
For a new playground structure, purchase of new fire suits, community hall roof replacement, outdoor kitchen and family area.

Fairlight $5,000
For water plant pump upgrading.

Mayor happy to see donations
Moosomin mayor Larry Tomlinson said the donations will have a big impact on the community.

“These donations are very helpful,” he said. “The ladder truck involves more than Moosomin, it involves all the RMs and towns around that are part of the Moosomin Fire Department mutual aid area. The donation will bring down the cost of the fire truck a lot which will help all our municipalities in the area,” he said.

“The regional park can certainly use some help with the invasive species, and Mike has been wanting to put in a hot tub for a long time.

“Enbridge has really been awesome to us. That’s way more than we expected. They’re very good to the towns where they do business. It’s just awesome for them to step up and do that. It’s great to get this help from them, besides the spinoff from having the camp here.

“We’ve been lucky over the years, between Enbridge and TransCanada. This has been their stop. I know when I was with Acklands it was a huge boost for us. They’ve always made Moosomin a stop, because we have the services they need.”

Schwean says Enbridge contributions make all thedifference

Moosomin rec director Mike Schwean said the donation from Enbridge will make all the difference for the projects they are funding.

“The hot tub at the pool is something we talked about for 10 years. It’s something we wanted, but we budget-wise could never do it,” he says.

“Without Enbridge it wouldn’t be happening. They made all the difference, and we can go ahead and put that in this summer.” The plan is to have the 16 person hot tub in use by the end of summer.

“With the Tim Hortons Eventplex we’re able to do a things we wouldn’t be able to do otherwise. We’ll finish the campground off, put the gazebo up, finish the stage off, things we couldn’t do without their help.

“With the Eventplex, we’re way ahead of where I thought we would be, and this will help a lot,” he said.

Part of the project involves developing campsites at Bradley Park to meet demand for events such as weddings and the rodeo weekend.

“With the campsites, we will have water and electrical hookups,” he said. “We will have 12 in the main parking lot, eight more out on the ball diamonds.

“We have a lot booked already—for one wedding we have seven or eight booked.”

$5.3 billion project
The $5.3-billion Canadian portion of the Line 3 Replacement Program involves the replacement of approximately 1,070 kilometres of Line 3 pipeline between Hardisty, Alberta and Gretna, Manitoba, with new pipeline.

About 40 percent of the new pipe was installed in 2017, with the remainder of construction on the essential safety and maintenance project expected to commence in August.

The site offices for the various spreads were announced by Enbridge Monday as follows:
Spread 2 – Kindersley, SK (OJ Pipelines)
Spread 5 – White City, SK (Banister)
Spread 6 – Moosomin, SK (Banister)
Spread 7 – Brandon, MB (Banister)
Spread 8 – Brandon, MB (SA Energy)
Spread 9 – Morden/Winkler, MB (SA Energy)

“As a company that delivers the energy that we all need for our daily lives, there’s nothing that matters more to Enbridge than safe, healthy and sustainable communities,” says Enbridge’s Line 3 Project Director Guy Krepps.

“We don’t just operate in communities, we live in them. As a good neighbor, we are committed to strengthening communities by supporting innovative programs that positively impact quality of life in our three focus areas—community, environment and safety.” The investments add to the more than $600,000 delivered in 2017 by Enbridge to communities from this project fund.

Total Enbridge Line 3 community investment in 2017 and 2018 is approximately $2.6 million, directly benefitting more than 80 communities in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan and supporting approximately 250 locally driven projects and initiatives.