Highway 14 Regional Water has identified another leak on our Transmission Pipeline. The customers effected in the result of the water supply being shut off is everybody EAST OF RYLEY. The repair could take up to 24 to 36 hours.
Effective immediately Highway 14 Regional Water Services Commission is issuing a WATER DEMAND MEASURE C”.
Demand Measure C (Most Severe)
Regional reservoirs are forecasted to be below 35% of capacity within the next 5 days.
Municipalities: Complete ban on hydrant flushing, sewer flushing, park watering, fire-fighting training, and other non-essential use.
Customers: Complete ban on non-essential water use, conservation enforced.
Truck Fills: Complete ban on non-essential water use. The Ryley truck fill will remain open and all other truck fills east of Ryley will be shut down.
Please note that on Tuesday, May 26 the main entrance will be closed off for CN maintenance. Please use east and west entrances. Will reopen once maintenance is complete.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
VILLAGE OF RYLEY (the “Municipality”) IN THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA
PROPOSED RESOLUTION REGARDING BEAVER MUNICIPAL SERVICES (BMS):
To be held June 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm in Ryley, Alberta
PURSUANT to sections 75.1, 75.5, 230 and 606 of the Municipal Government Act, Revised Statutes of Alberta 2000, Chapter M-26, as amended and Section 3 of the Municipally Controlled Corporation Regulation, A.R. 112/2019, the Council of the Municipality, in the Province of Alberta hereby gives notice of its intention to incorporate and control a corporation pursuant to the Business Corporations Act.
THE PURPOSE of the proposed Resolution is:
DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, the Government of Alberta has enacted the Meeting Procedures (COVID-19 Suppression) Regulation pursuant to Order in Council 099/2020 (the “COVID Regulation”) to permit for electronic hearings to be held instead of in person hearings, in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic;
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION will be disclosed at the public hearing:
TAKE NOTICE THAT due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Council has elected to hold the public hearing via an electronic procedure. The following rules shall apply:
AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE THAT in order to participate at the video conference meeting, the following options shall be the manner of accessing it:
AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE THAT the materials to be discussed at the Public Hearing are accessible at the following link:
Additionally, pursuant to the COVID Regulation, anyone may instead request that these materials may be mailed, emailed or faxed to them. Please contact email@example.com to make this request.
DATED at the Village of Ryley in the Province of Alberta this 16th day of May, 2020.
Council for the Village of Ryley intends to find a solution to keep High School in our Community
Battle River School Division voted on 19 March 2020 to close Holden, combine Holden and Ryley Schools in Ryley, and remove Grades 10 to 12 (High School) from Ryley. This means there will be no school in Holden and Ryley will become Grades K-9 by September 2020. Council for the Village of Ryley is NOT okay with this plan.
BRSD Public information can be found here
After the Ryley Community expressed high interest in solar energy during our Public Survey of 2018, Council resolved on December 17, 2019 to acquire a Solar Power Generating System to achieve net-zero consumption of municipal electricity. Presently, the Village pays $14K annually for electricity plus $60K for distribution and service charges. As the Ryley Community demonstrated overwhelming support at the Open House held on February 13, Council confirmed and resolved on February 18, 2020 to move forward – Ryley is going solar net-zero!
The Ryley Solar Power Generating System will be built on the East side of the lagoon, and it will generate enough power to offset our $14K annual electricity usage. The project has been approved for a grant of $105K from the Alberta Municipal Solar Program (AMSP). FYI – as this project will be connected to the grid, we will always be required to pay for the distribution and service charges.
The basic operation is this: we will continue to consume (buy) electricity from the grid for our municipal buildings, the skating rink and the campground. At the same time, we will generate (sell) electricity back into the grid from the solar plant. Over a year, we would generate less electricity in winter and more in summer. It just so happens that Ryley is located in a peak solar exposure area within Alberta so this makes solar energy a great choice for us. Regulation does not allow us to gain a profit from our solar electricity so we will get a maximum credit to the total amount of electricity that we consume. That said, any over-generation that we produce will offset other carbon producers by our very own Ryley green energy.
Our Ryley Solar Power Generation Plant will cost the Village $175K and has a life-cycle of 30-years ($280K total project cost minus $105K rebate from AMSP). The $14K annual consumption savings will realize approximately $12K after paying a $2K annual fee for warranty and lifetime 24/7 maintenance. Simple return of investment (ROI) looks like this: $175K / $12K = 14 1/2 years to pay for the project. Therefore, the remaining 15 1/2 years of life on the plant would yield a $12K savings on our annual budget. Of course, Ryley is contributing to a greener world even if we saw zero savings.
As electricity prices rise (or fall), we will be insulated because we will generate power and gain credit at equal price that we consume. We will also set aside money to rebuild the project in future. That would be the money saved over the last 15 years, which means we would realize savings immediately if we rebuild in 30 years. Otherwise, if we choose NOT to rebuild in 30 years, we would have those savings available for something else (of course, we would have much more than $12k x 15 years, having carefully invested those savings).
Further, Council will be considering and consulting the Ryley Comuunity on whether we should we exploit the special 2.4% rate at which, Municipalities can borrow… As such, we could realize an outstanding Investment Rate of Return (IRR) on the project and leverage those future savings against the present ROI by spreading the cost over the 30 years ($175K / 30 = $6K) and start investing the difference ($12K – 6K = $6K) much earlier to see a significantly bigger nest egg in 30 years. This is an oversimplified version of a complex economic principle for IRR that actually works out extremely well for this project.
All documentation and reports for this project can be found here:
DANDELION Ryley Committee Presentation
BEAVER COUNTY FIRE ADVISORY FIRE ADVISORY A fire advisory is in effect for Beaver County effective May 13, 2019. The fire advisory only allows for recreational fires in fire pits, approved fire pits within recognized campgrounds and parks; propane and natural gas appliances. No other fires are permitted until further notice. Fire permits are suspended until the advisory is lifted. Failure to comply with the fire advisory and the fire bylaw may result in a fine of not less than $500.00 and not more than $5,000.00 plus costs. Any changes to the fire advisory will be announced on the Alberta Fire Ban and Beaver Emergency Services Commission website, Facebook. Beaver Emergency Services Commission will continue to monitor the situation, and will update the public when conditions change. Please call 780.336.3041 for further information.
Please note that the council meeting scheduled for May 21, 2019 has been changed to Wednesday, May 29, 2019.