City Council to meet with businesses concerned about Wastewater Transfer Station closure

Instead of making a short presentation to council at a future meeting, Mayor Lori Ackerman says the discussion deserves more time than a delegation is allotted. 

“We recognize that there are issues with this particular decision that council made, so recognizing the importance of this conversation, 10 minutes is not sufficient,” she told the crowd. “We’ll be sending out letters to meet with you specifically about this.” 

Some of the concerns cited with reducing the station’s hours from 24/7 365 to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday include reduced service due to increased waiting times, and additional costs to customers to have their sewer hauled. In a written letter to City Council, George Bergen of Westar Oilfield Rentals argues that the consequences of their decision will become a health and environmental issue. 

“The number of hours per day that the City disposal site will be open will only provide time for a fraction of the waste to be disposed of,” he explains. “The disposal does need to take place so the problem then becomes where. As a business our workers have already witnessed other trucks disposing in ditches. Residences will either intentionally pump liquid into the bush or ditch or their tanks will just overflow when vac-trucks cannot pick up and dispose of the waste.” 

Both sides have arranged to meet on September 24, the day after the next scheduled council meeting. Should council want to bring the issue back for another decision, the next meeting isn’t until October 7, which is after the October 1 start date for reduced hours. However, council has the ability to call as Special Council Meeting before then if deemed necessary. 

The issue is also on the agenda for the Peace River Regional District’s meeting this week.

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