Council directed staff to award a contract to Upland Excavating for erosion protection work on the Lewis Park dike wall next to the tennis courts. The Campbell River company was recommended due to its experience and immediate availability.
Council also approved re-allocating a maximum $175,000 of operating surplus to the project. Staff was also directed to assess the dike next year.
“This is a pretty pressing issue,” CAO David Allen said.
Courtenay was hit with its largest-ever flood during last December’s storm. An area of the dike wall was identified as a source of concern due to erosion of the ground underneath the foundation. Continued erosion could result in damage to the park, the pathway and tennis courts.
“The (Courtenay) river is not meant to make that turn (at Lewis Park),” said Eriksson, who questioned if the water is supposed to naturally run straight through the park.
“That’s a really interesting idea,” Allen said.