Sewage Treatment Business Plan Goes To Province

LIZ MCARTHUR
CFAX 1070
Mar 31, 2010
http://www.cfax1070.com/newsstory.php?newsId=13023

THE CRD WILL NOW SOLICIT FUNDING FROM THE PROVINCIAL AND FEDERAL
GOVERNMENTS FOR REGIONAL SEWAGE TREATMENT.

THE CRD BOARD APPROVED THE FINAL BUSINESS STRATEGY FOR REGIONAL SEWAGE
TREATMENT WEDNESDAY. THAT PLAN WILL NOW BE FORWARDED TO THE PROVINCE. THE
BOARD RECOMMENDED KEEPING THE MAJORITY OF THE PROJECT IN PUBLIC HANDS.
SOME FLEXIBILITY WAS LEFT IN RESPECT TO THE WESTSHORE FOR A PUBLIC PRIVATE
PARTNERSHIP.

STAFF TOLD CRD DIRECTORS THAT AROUND 90 PER CENT OF THE PUBLIC
PARITICIPATING THE PROCESS STRESSED THE NEED FOR PUBLIC SEWAGE TREATMENT.

DIRECTOR VIC DERMAN SAID HE WAS IN FAVOUR OF THE MOTION IF A PUBLIC OPTION
WAS UPHELD. GRAHAM HILL, BARB DESJARDIN AND VIC DERMAN OPPOSED FORWARDING
THE BUSINESS CASE TO THE PROVINCE.

THE BUSINESS PLAN WILL NOW GO TO THE PROVINCE AND NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE
PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT AND THE CRD BOARD WILL GET UNDERWAY.

THE PROJECT IS ESTIMATED TO COST 961 MILLION DOLLARS WITH FUNDING FROM
FEDERAL, PROVINCIAL AND MUNICIPAL LEVELS.