May 29, 2013: Council News Release

Date: May 29, 2013

NEWS RELEASE

 

Lantzville, BC – City of Nanaimo to consider supplying water to the District of Lantzville.

Mayor de Jong, at Council’s Regular Meeting held Monday, May 27th, read a report authored by City of Nanaimo City Manager, Al Kenning, recommending to City of Nanaimo Council that Council authorize city staff to finalize a water supply agreement with the District of Lantzville. Please note that this City of Nanaimo report was placed on the City’s public agenda on Monday, May 27th, however, it was deferred due to an absent member of Council. This report is scheduled to be reconsidered by City of Nanaimo Council at its Regular Meeting scheduled for Monday, June 10th.

The City of Nanaimo staff report outlined principles that would form part of a final agreement between the two municipalities should the provision of water from the City to the District be approved by Council of the City of Nanaimo.

Some of these principles include (note this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Lantzville to pay the full costs of connecting to Nanaimo’s water system
  • Lantzville paying a connection charge for each unit
  • Lantzville shall not sell or permit the sale of bulk water or bottled water outside the municipality
  • Lantzville will participate in the following regional services (Economic Development, Port Theatre, Drinking Water & Watershed Protection)
  • Lantzville will have one member on the City’s Water Supply Advisory Committee
  • Water will only be supplied to upper Lantzville until the City of Nanaimo secures additional water supply. There are currently 225 properties in upper Lantzville currently connected to their community system. There are also an additional 211 properties on private wells in upper Lantzville (Northwind/Southwind area that could potentially be connected)

As Mayor of the District of Lantzville I want to assure residents of this community that we are only at the preliminary stages of this important issue. Should the City’s water supply be extended to Lantzville, Council will be tasked with completing a formal agreement which we anticipate will take some time to conclude. In addition, as the District lacks the required infrastructure (in some areas) for this service we anticipate that it may take up to two years before the District is in a position to offer this service to residents of the Community, and specifically, to those residents in the Northwind/Southwind area. During this time residents may expect opportunities for extensive public consultation/input, shared information, and specific cost implications prior to this service being extended to property owners.

Contact: Mayor Jack de Jong 250.390.3242 or

Twyla Graff, CAO 250.390.4006

 

To view the original document please follow the link to the District of Lantzville’s Website: http://www.lantzville.ca/cms/wpattachments/wpID638atID3630.pdf

Posted in District of Lantzville, June 2013, Message from District Council, News, Water

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