New council should find solution to sewage issue
On thursday night, collège boréal hosted a packed room where the chamber of commerce ran a session for Wards 1 and 5 candidates.
each of the 11 candidates spoke for two minutes and then answered questions from the audience.
Most of the candidates were young and very well educated with practical experiences useful to our city. Many wanted to see a more democratic committee system and a redefined ward system.
there was much discussion about Stars and thunder with most candidates being opposed to it.
the most interesting comments came from Karina takesayu who had to take a leave of absence without pay in order to run for council. Karina suggested that the east end should have a dual trunk piping system. this would allow sewage water to go directly to the processing plant in timmins or to a new one in the east end. a new, smaller piping system would sit below the frost line and carry rain water, and snow melt directly into Porcupine lake.
For myself, i think that the city should sue the company that built the two round holding tanks (which won’t last 50 years) and use the money to build the below-street pipes.
there are many ditches in Porcupine that already carry rain water and these can be linked directly into the new system. if there were no people living in this area, the water would flow freely into the lake and it would be clean.
i also heard it said that many of the sewage pipes need replacing. While that is being done, let’s set up the two-trunk system. this new system will last more than 50 years and basements will not be flooded. Our actions would improve the environment and we might get some grants and praise for our innovation.
My best friend, who has great difficulty walking and has an electric chair to take her up stairs from her basement apartment in Melrose, has been flooded out. She can’t use the chair because it is hydro powered. life is very difficult without her shower and her washer/dryer. Of course, the city will be sued for this.
it begs a couple of questions: Why are we paying to put clean rain and snow melt water in with dirty sewage water and processing it together? Why aren’t we saving millions of dollars by using the laws of nature and remembering that water runs downhill?