Further to your council meeting of Sept. 16, as reported by the Eagle Valley News.)
The sanitary sewer system is clearly overloaded and, to add an additional load on it by forcing those few residents that are not in a financial position to connect to the sanitary sewer at this time, is creating a real hardship on families, as well as seniors.
I learned a long time ago that you cannot get blood out of a stone. The planner, in his infinite wisdom, states that they are not going to get off scot-free. Firstly, the planner is not an elected councillor and cannot, and should not, set a policy. All residents will be connected at some point in time and a delayed hookup to the sanitary sewer is not going to hurt anybody. Furthermore, the septic systems in use now, when properly maintained, probably pollute less if at all, than an overloaded sewer plant. The residential septic disposal systems don’t operate a whole lot different than the sanitary sewer. All the effluent from either system eventually perks through the ground and winds up in the lake at some point in time.
If the district is short of money, perhaps a proposed land purchase could be postponed, especially since no purpose for the need of this has even been considered. The abandoned railway line is also being considered for a park. All this to be paid for with borrowed money, of course, to be repaid with interest. Just how many parks does this town need? Of course a rollback in the ‘wages’ or honorariums of the mayor and council would be much appreciated and requested by most, if not all the taxpayers, as that amount of money could and would substantially reduce the operating cost of the town administration.
The mayor and council perhaps expect some spaceship to land in Finlayson Park with super intelligent beings who will solve all the money problems of the district.