There are still many loose ends in the Servicing and
Settlement Master Plan study, but council is hoping to tie them all up by the
end of August.
Council received a letter at its June 3 meeting from Project
Manager Christine Furlong of Triton Engineering listing the tasks that BM Ross
still has to complete. Furlong said a public meeting should be held to discuss
the technical aspects of the project.
CAO Kathryn Ironmonger said BM Ross has assured her that the
process can be completed in August, which would include a decision by council
on a wastewater strategy. Council asked for an updated schedule. They want to
finish the study before the municipal election nomination day, September 12.
Currently, the Town is awaiting financial analysis of
various options by Watson & Associates, but there has been a delay in
getting technical information to them about the small bore sewage system.
Council specifically requested analysis of this lower-cost option. Furlong says BM Ross still has to provide the following:
• A complete list of water and waste water servicing
options, transportation needs and storm water strategies, with documentation on
the criteria used, and a review of sewage collection, treatment and effluent
• Updated drawings for proposed locations of new facilities,
based on the new lower urban population cap of 6,000.
• Evaluation of servicing options in rural areas, and more
work on review of existing private and municipal servicing systems.
• Evaluation of “staging scenarios” and of the advantages
and disadvantages of joining the Hillsburgh and Erin systems.
• More discussion of continuing growth using private and
communal septic systems.
• A new version of the SSMP report, including a summary of
comments made by members of the public and approval agencies.