The town will be relocating town utilities to be prepared for when the Alberta government begins construction of the Hwy. 1A-22 interchange project.
The project is the largest of four capital projects that have been advanced to 2020 from 2021 with a total value of $4.78 million.
All projects will be funded by grants, reserves, and off-site levies and will not impact local property taxes.
Seven projects totalling $4.1 million were deferred.
The utility relocation is estimated to cost $4.41 million and will be funded by the federal gas tax fund and off-site levies.
It includes $1 million for the transfer of fill from the interchange corridor to be used in phase 3 of the James Walker Trail continuation.
"We felt it was really important to get this project moving so essentially there's nothing in the way of moving forward with the ever-critical Hwy. 22-Hwy. 1A intersection project," interim CAO Drew Hyndman told council.
Also approved was $100,000 to design upgrades to Range Road 262 to prepare for traffic flow changes after RR 43 is closed to allow for the completion of the new interchange. RR 262 will become a four-lane primary collector.
The River Heights reservoir preliminary design will be completed at an estimated cost of $234,000, and a $40,000 sanitary sewer inspection camera will be purchased.
The design and servicing of the future Horse Creek Sports Park are the largest of the projects that have been delayed until 2021. Those two projects were budgeted to cost $3.13 million.
Other delayed projects include asset management software, board room technology upgrades, eco-centre office expansion, water treatment plant backwash/storm cleaning, and a transfer station office/lab. Master plans for both the Cochrane Ranche and Mitford Park were also deferred.
The Innovation Centre and Transit Hub project has been put on hold. It is one of three projects the town has presented to the provincial government as a possible candidate for stimulus funding.