ALBERTA MUNICIPAL WATER/WASTEWATER PARTNERSHIP AND WATER FOR LIFE PROJECTS BUDGET LIMITATIONS

Advisory: July 18, 2013

Alberta Transportation has initiated new policies on currently approved projects to deal with budget constraints in 2013 and 2014.

On projects where cost increases and/or scope changes are requested, and have been justified to the department, accept those requests and advise municipalities to submit separate applications for the cost overages and to await ministerial funding approval at some point in the future, budget permitting. Allow actual third party interim financing charges on unpaid grant amounts as eligible expenses, from the time of substantial completion and submission of project documentation, until final payment of the grant.

On multiple contract projects - projected to go over budget, allow the award of initial tenders, after the municipalities acknowledge that funding for the balance of the project would be a revised funding request and would await ministerial funding approval at some point in the future, budget permitting. Allow actual third party interim financing charges on unpaid grant amounts as eligible expenses, from the time of substantial completion and submission of project documentation, until final payment of the grant.