Write your politicians regarding sewer issue

Dear editor,

It is time our local politicians worked together to find a long-term solution to our sewer system. We know from the recent federal election, that Canadians will support a government that promises to spend money for upgrading needed infrastructure. The opportunity to apply for federal infrastructure funds is now.

No one can argue that a safe and reliable sewage system is needed by Valley residents. In 1996 the B.C. Ombudsman found that the regional district had not properly installed the forcemain sewer pipes underneath the Willemar Bluffs. We are now facing the results of a poor 30-year-old decision. We must do the proper sewer retrofit, which involves getting the forcemain sewer pipes out of the estuary.

We as Canadians are not afraid to invest in new infrastructure. With climate change and rising oceans a reality we must make the right decision now. The people of the Comox Valley expect our local politicians to work together to obtain infrastructure money to build a sewer system that will serve the future.

We urge you to communicate in a short email to your elected officials, especially those who sit on the sewer commission. The email can be very simple:

My name is xxx and I live in Comox, Courtenay, the CVRD. I urge you to work  together with our two local MPs and develop a  strategy to access federal infrastructure monies to develop a land sewer system.

The email addresses of the key sewer commission members are:

City of Courtenay: Manno Theos <mtheos@shaw.ca>, Bob Wells <bwells@courtenay.ca>, Erik Eriksson <erik@eriksson.ca>

Town of Comox (Barbara Price, Ken Grant and Maureen Swift) email to town admin assistant Lo Lockhard: llockhard@comox.ca

Paul Horgen,

Jim Gillis

CVRD Area B

 

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