The City of Swift Current has decided to proceed with the development of Saskatchewan Valley, starting with the drainage ditch.

Altogether, the work will ring up a total cost of $400,000. 

General Manager of Infrastructure and Operations for the City of Swift Current, Mitch Minken, prepared the presentation for city council, where the details of how this stalled project got rolling again. 

The first issue was acquiring the land adjacent to the Saskatchewan Valley development so that they could effectively construct a drainage ditch to prevent runoff from the housing site from draining into private land, which would make the lots marketable.

"The City recently purchased the quarter section from the private landowner," said Minken.

The work to be done now entails the construction of a ditch and storm infrastructure improvements, rough grading of the lots, installation of shallow utilities, and re-subdividing of four lots to accommodate storm lines and relocate a pathway.

"Completing this work will add 27 single-unit residential lots to the City's inventory," informed Minken.

The man awarded the contract for this work is Morley Johannesson from Preeceville, Saskatchewan. His bid was the highest rated, as well as the lowest in cost at just over $140,000.