PRRD final plea for waste management extension will be heard by councillor

The decision to have another meeting comes after the PRRD sent a letter to council asking to delay the closure until another facility is completed and fully functional.

 “A new PRRD facility would not be realistically in operation until sometime in 2016,” the letter reads. “Therefore, in the spirit of cooperation, I respectfully request that the City of Fort St. John continue with the operation of its existing sewer receiving facility until a viable alternative is operational.

 Councillor Byron Stewart supports the idea of having another meeting but is also discouraged it took the regional district eight months to ask for the extension.

 “It’s 100 percent our risk, our dollars, our risk,” Stewart added. “If anything goes wrong it’s on the back of the city taxpayers.”

 Stewart goes on to say that “it’s time to start looking out for the City of Fort St. John” and scale back other services the city provides for surrounding areas.

 The decision to shutdown the station was made after the provincial and federal government imposed harsher rules regarding the type of waste allowed to be disposed and the city’s handling of waste management.

 The 24 hour Wastewater Transfer Station on 81 Avenue was originally built in 2001 to accept wastewater from rural residents. However, since then, City Manager Dianne Hunter says there have been a number of issues, both with users having unlimited access, as well as bringing in types of waste that are causing problems to the system.