School District 73 and District of Clearwater recently extended a new waterline to service the schoolbus yard on Woreby Road.
The school district requested the new line as a result of the aging water service it was getting from Raft River Elementary School. The school district is paying the full cost of the extension.
During a recent town council meeting, Clearwater councillors approved setting up a Latecomer Agreement Bylaw.
The bylaw will allow the school district to recover its capital expenditures or a portion thereof from any of the potentially developable properties surrounding the extension.
To do this, the school district and municipality must enter into a latecomer’s agreement that outlines the monetary values for any benefitting properties wanting to connect to the new section of waterline on Woreby Road.
Local governments may require an owner of land that is to be subdivided or developed to provide roads, water, sewage and/or drainage works with enough capacity to service properties that are situated near their developments, chief administrative officer Leslie Groulx said in a report to council.
Whether it is the local government, subdivider or developer that pays the up-front costs, they are entitled to recover a portion of the costs from any owners of properties outside their development that benefit from the works in the future (latecomers).