It's been a busy summer in Delia as the village north and east of Drumheller prepares for a bright future.

"The water project is going to start construction today," reported CAO Mark Nikota on November 5. "Construction is finishing on a few houses up in the new area; we're just about full. Our high speed internet, Netago from Hanna, is putting in their network here so you see a lot of construction vehicles in town."

The village is expanding its water reservoir to bring it up with insurance regulations for fire coverage. Delia's share of the $1.5 million project is about a third. The work is expected to be finished by next spring.

"The new school helps, announcing the new school," admitted Nikota. "It just adds to the momentum in the community and the positive feeling."

"I'm a big believer in you make you own destiny," he added. "Municipalities are no different from anybody else: if you have that positive vibe and things are happening, then people get on board and it spins on itself."

Nikota says Delia wants to at least maintain its current population of about 200, if not actually grow a bit, and be a destination for people who move to the area.


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