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District delays decision for sewer proposal partner

By Robin Wark for the Sooke News Mirror August 28, 2002

The District of Sooke has decided to take some more time before choosing a partner for its proposed community sewer system.

Council was originally slated to deal with a staff recommendation on a partner at a Monday [August 24, 2002] in-camera meeting. But last week the meeting was cancelled to allow staff more time to study the proposals from BCG Services, EPCOR Water Services Inc., and American Water Services Canada.

Tom Day, Sooke’s administrator, said he expects a special in-camera council meeting to be called sometime this week to deal with the issue.

Day said the idiosyncracies of each application make them a challenge to analyze. "We want to make sure we are comparing the same service to the same service to the same service," Day said. Day, municipal engineer Gary Smirfitt and a pair of consultants – one dealing with public private partnerships and the other a technical expert - have been reviewing the application.

Day said the district plans to have its application for a Canada-BC infrastructure grant resubmitted by Sept. 6. Meetings with BC provincial government ministers are planned for mid-September.

On Aug. 20, district representatives, including Mayor Ed Macgregor and councillors John and Marcus Farmer, met for more than two hours each with members of all three companies. Day said the meetings allowed for clarification of the proposals.

"It was a long day, but really productive," Day said.

WRATH Commentary:

Methinks these folks couldn’t think their way out of a paper bag!

Sooke Mayor, councillors and administrator at work....

No municipality will receive grants for a sewer collection, treatment, and sewage outfall project without first completing a liquid waste management plan!

See "Sooke scrambles to bring sewers to community" by Shannon Moneo, February 29, 2002.

"Abbott [George Abbott, Minister of Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services, the provincial ministry which administers infrastructure grants]... said Sooke faces an additional glitch because it didn’t provide the necessary liquid waste management plan before it applied for funding."



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