Trunk line catches a break

No Part II Or­ders for North­west sewer project

The Lindsay Post - - FRONT PAGE - LISA GERVAIS Lind­say Post Re­porter lisa.gervais@sun­

Well, a few more peo­ple and we won’t fin­ish the North­west trunk.” City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Ric McGee

The North­west san­i­tary sewer project ap­pears to have fi­nally caught a break with no Part II Or­ders lodged with the city or the Min­istry of the En­vi­ron­ment (MOE).

Ac­cord­ing to the MOE, The En­vi­ron­men­tal As­sess­ment Act has pro­vi­sions that al­low an in­ter­ested per­son, Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity or gov­ern­ment agency to ask for a higher level of as­sess­ment for a class en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment project if they feel that there are out­stand­ing is­sues that have not been ad­e­quately ad­dressed. The dead­line for Part II Or­ders has now come and gone with di­rec­tor of de­vel­op­ment ser vices Ron Tay­lor say­ing that as of Tues­day ( June 11) none had been re­quested. That would come as a re­lief to the city since Part II Or­ders can de­lay a project for sev­eral months.

On Tues­day, coun­cil­lors also ap­proved an amend­ment to the Stan­tec pur­chase or­der for the project ($ 196,411.13) and gave the green light to fin­ish the de­tailed de­sign and the ten­der­ing for con­struc­tion of the un­der river por­tion and de­com­mis­sion­ing the Uniroyal pump­ing sta­tion.

How­ever, the vote was far from unan­i­mous, at 11-5.

Ward 12 Coun. Gord James, who fought for an over-the-river cross­ing, wanted to know where the nearly $200,000 was com­ing from. He wanted to en­sure there would be no cost to res­i­den­tial tax­pay­ers and Tay­lor said that was cor­rect. Nor did he want to give Stan­tec any more money, at one point say­ing Stan­tec had "con­stantly taken us to the clean­ers here."

Ward 10 Coun. Pat Dunn, though, pointed out that there would be a charge to wa­ter and waste­water users.

Tay­lor said ap­prox­i­mately $1.9 mil­lion of costs has been built into the wa­ter and waste­water bud­get, per the adopted 2013 wa­ter and waste­water bud­get.

Ward 4 Coun. Glenn Camp­bell said no one has an­swered the ques­tion of whether the city needs a fed­eral en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment. Tay­lor said the city's po­si­tion is that it does not. Camp­bell said if there was a re­quire­ment, there would be ad­di­tional cost but Tay­lor said the money change or­der on Tues­day would cover the cost.

Tay­lor said de­spite Tues­day's ac­tion, the over­all es­ti­mated project bud­get re­mains at $16.9 mil­lion, with con­tin­gency al­ready built into the over­all bud­get es­ti­mate to com­plete the en­tire project.

Ward 9 Coun. Andy Luff im­plored his fel­low coun­cil­lors to ap­prove the res­o­lu­tions, say­ing "we're in the home stretch."

As 'no' votes added up, Mayor Ric McGee said "well, a few more peo­ple and we won't fin­ish the North­west trunk." He said ev­ery­body had to ac­cept some re­spon­si­bil­ity for cost over-runs but "ei­ther we fin­ish the North­west trunk or we let it sit in the ground and rot. What a fine dilemma. For the sake of $ 196,411.13, let's leave $ 12.5 mil­lion in in­fra­struc­ture in the ground."

Ward 2 Coun. Em­mett Yeo said he hoped coun­cil had learned from its ex­pe­ri­ence with the trunk when it came to cost con­tain­ment strate­gies.


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