Complaints don’t block sewer lift station

A sewer lift station is moving ahead in Vernon despite strong opposition from its neighbour.

A sewer lift station is moving ahead in Vernon despite strong opposition from its neighbour.

Council has agreed to install the station — used for pumping sewage flows — on Tronson Road by the Beachcomber Bay boat launch.

“The nearest neighbour expressed some very valid concerns and they are concerns any of us would have had,” said Mayor Rob Sawatzky.

“Staff has done a good job of addressing these concerns.”

Andrea Rhodes, who lives right next to the lift station site, believes the facility will create odour and noise problems and not fit in esthetically.

“None of that should be placed within 45 feet of someone’s house,” she said recently.

City staff have shifted the structure 25 feet to the west as a result of Rhodes’ complaints.

“The pumps are located at the very bottom in a wet well. There’s very little if any noise,” said Ed Stranks, engineering development services manager.

As for esthetics, there are a number of options to minimize the impact of the lift station including screening and juniper bushes.

“We want to ensure the maximum amount of landscape screening possible,” said Coun. Brian Quiring.

Coun. Catherine Lord believes Rhodes’ concerns can be addressed.

“With landscaping in place, it will be two or three years and it will cover the whole fence,” she said.

Coun. Patrick Nicol opposed the lift station.

“Some neighbours opposed the process and I thought they made some points that another location could be considered,” he said.

“My vote was to give their concerns a little more consideration than they received.”