Taber wins Minister’s Awards for Municipal Excellence
The Town of Taber is honoured to be a 2020 recipient for the Government of Alberta’s Minister’s Awards for Municipal Excellence in the “Building Economic Strength” category for our Wastewater Operations Collaboration with Lantic Inc.
In 2018, the Town of Taber entered into a public-private partnership with Lantic Inc. to operate their Wastewater Treatment Plant and oversee their wastewater program, maintenance plan, and capital replacement plan through a fee-for-service model. The primary goal of the partnership was to seek the continued economic success of one of the Taber region’s largest employers and has since evolved into a benchmark for public-private partnerships in Alberta.
“Council has instructed Town Administration to identify initiatives to assist our current economic drivers with their continued success,” said Chief Administrative Officer Cory Armfelt, “through discussions with Lantic Inc. about striking a partnership, we knew this was an excellent opportunity to use our certified and skilled public servants to assist one of the largest local industries and employers in the region. This public-private partnership serves to benefit not only the Lantic Inc. plant, but the community and region as a whole.”
“Winning an award from our Provincial Government is no small feat, and I would like to recognize our hardworking Wastewater Treatment team for their service and dedication which has led to this result,” said Gary Scherer, Director of Engineering and Public Works, “They have dedicated numerous hours to make sure this partnership results in meeting all Alberta Environment approvals, and their hard work has garnered that result. This award also belongs to Lantic Inc. who have been exemplary to work with as partners.”
Lantic Inc., proudly providing sugar and sweeteners to Canadians Coast to Coast for over 130 years, owns and operates Taber’s Sugar Beet Processing Facility which produces up to 150,000 tonnes of Canadian-grown sugar purchased from 200 sugar beet producers within a 70km radius of Taber. Producer on farm value for the sugar beet crop exceeds $35 million annually and according to Alberta Agriculture’s recently published Economic Impact Study the sugar beet industry generates direct, indirect, and induced economic value of $248 million annually. Since opening in 1950, the Taber facility has been an important economic driver for Southern Alberta.
“To be recognized by the Province for our efforts is an honour we are humbled to receive. I would like to thank Lantic Inc. for their willingness to partner with us and their continued collaboration,” said Mayor Prokop, “I would also like to congratulate our fellow municipalities who also won Minister’s Awards. To be counted among their ranks is a privilege, and we are grateful to be showcased with them on a provincial level.”
The award will be officially presented to the Town of Taber Council in early 2021.