SRD forced to delay decision on Quadra sewers

Two Quadra Island properties will have to wait a few more weeks to find out whether they will be included in the island’s sewer service

Two Quadra Island properties will have to wait a few more weeks to find out whether they will be included in the island’s sewer service.

The Strathcona Regional District’s board of directors was unable to proceed Thursday with  adding two additional properties on Pidcock Road to a sewer extension project.

Although the item was up for adoption on the board meeting agenda, Tom Yates, corporate services manager of the regional district, said during Thursday’s meeting that approval from the Inspector of Municipalities to extend the project boundary had not yet come through.

“We were hoping to hear back from the province before this meeting today,” Yates said. “Unfortunately we have not been so advised (and) at this point I would say the board does not have the authority to proceed with adoption. So we would be bringing this back.”

The board voted to defer the issue until its next meeting which is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 7.

The two Pidcock Road properties expressed interest in hooking up to the sewer service in the summer – shortly after a July referendum was passed in favour of extending sewer service out towards the foreshore and Pidcock Road areas, as well as on Heriot Bay Road.

The project originally included 36 properties, however, two other property owners on Green Road have also requested they be included, as well as the two on Pidcock Road.

The original 36 property owners will be expected to pay $9,100 plus an additional cost to hook their property up to the sewer line – a cost which will vary from home to home.

The Strathcona Regional District is applying $392,400 of its Gas Tax funds transfer from the federal government towards the project to keep the costs down for property owners.

The $720,000 project was given the green light after 18 of the 36 (55 per cent) affected property owners voted in favour of moving ahead with the sewer extension.

Construction on the sewer extension project is expected to get underway in the spring of next year, with completion estimated to come sometime next fall.