Morning Star Staff
A Vernon neighbourhood is up in arms over the proposed location of a sewer lift station.
The city has proposed installing the station, which helps pump sewage over an elevation, on a statutory right-of-way on Beachcomber Bay Road. But there is a push to have it located elsewhere on the road.
“Should the environmental concerns be enough to move the lift station farther away from the lake?” said resident Rick Patmore to city council.
Residents suggest that the city’s preferred site, which is a lake access, could impact property values, be visually distracting and maintenance trucks will be disruptive. They also say there could be noise and odour issues and established trees could be injured by construction.
Patmore says he hasn’t been impressed with discussions between himself and city staff.
“They literally kept us out of the loop. They quit communicating with us,” he said.
“I was told by a city representative that it was going in there come hell or high water.”
A similar message also comes from others on Beachcomber Bay Road.
“There has been a serious lack of communication which has put neighbour against neighbour,” said Sharon Alexander.
George Reid’s concerns are based on the lift station constructed in front of Andree Rhodes’ home on Tronson Road.
“It’s a real eyesore and right at her driveway,” he said.
“We want council to take the feeling of the neighbourhood into account.”
Resident Jim Cookson suggests the lift station be buried underground as they do in Switzerland to minimize impact.
“It’s ridiculous that anyone has this eyesore in their front yard,” he said.
Mayor Rob Sawatzky inists the city is taking the residents’ concerns seriously.
“We want to make sure the public is heard and all important factors are heard,” he said.