New Bothwell councilor Sonny Peters along with Hanover reeve Stan Toews, Provencher MP Vic Toews, La Verendrye MLA Ron Lemieux, and Consultant Bill Brandt dig in deep to officially kick off construction of the New Bothwell lagoon expansion project.
By Marianne Curtis
On September 7, representatives from the RM of Hanover and various government departments kicked off construction of a major expansion of the New Bothwell Lagoon.
The $1.2 million project which is being funding with Canada-Manitoba Infrastructure funds will see additional storage capacity at the existing community lagoon.
RM of Hanover reeve Stan Toews says that the project will benefit both residents and businesses.
The municipality purchased 39 acres adjacent to the existing facility which is located to the north of the community. The additional storage capacity to allow the community of New Bothwell to grow from its current population of approximately 500 people to a population of over 1,400 people and allow room for further growth.
“It will allow this community to move ahead,” explained Toews. “This project will help New Bothwell Cheese expand by decommissioning their lagoon and connecting to the town sewer system,”
Retiring RM of Hanover councilor Sonny Peters, who is not returning to council due to health reasons, is grateful to see this project commence before he officially leaves politics.
“I have represented New Bothwell for years and this project is worth a lot to this town,” stated Peters. “It is good for the town, the cheese factory and the schools – I am glad to see this project finally moving ahead.”
Now that the sod is turned, the lagoon expansion project will be completed in two parts. The earthwork is being completed by Earth Max Construction from Arborg for a cost of $1,172,906. The second part is for the mechanical tender will include piping, security gate and a lift station. Both phases of construction on the New Bothwell lagoon are expected to be complete this fall.