By J.W. Schnarr
The Municipal District of Taber council has set a tentative date for the Johnson’s Addition sewer system open house.
During their regular meeting on May 12, council set a date of May 26 at 7 p.m. at the Heritage Inn as the date for their open house, which will allow council to discuss all of the options available for residents of the hamlet just west of Taber to hear more about the proposed waste system projects currently being developed separately by the M.D. of Taber and the Town of Taber.
Council had first started talking about holding an open house for the residents back in March, but it was decided more information was needed before that event could take place.
In particular, residents would be looking for costs involved in the two projects.
“We’ve got all our material ready to make a presentation,” said Division 1 Coun. Merrill Harris, who represents the area. “We needed to get all our facts and figures together.”
“We’re about as ready as we’re going to be,” said Jack Dunsmore, director of planning and infrastructure. “There’s no time like the present. We may as well get it done, and have the open house to see where the residents stand.”
Reeve Brian Brewin said ultimately, the decision would be left up to residents affected by the project.
“To be honest with you, I’m not sure there’s a whole lot of interest out there,” he said. “But, at the end of the day, it will be their decision.”
“In fairness, they haven’t heard all the proposals yet,” replied Division 5 Coun. Bob Wallace. “But I agree, they need to have their say.”
One important consideration, according to Deputy Reeve Dwight Tolton, is that questions regarding water service to the area can only be addressed after the wastewater issue has been developed, something that might affect how local residents view the project.
“People want to know if there’s going to be domestic water service in the future,” he said. “That is part of this whole thing. We can’t deliver potable water without (this project).”
“If people are thinking we’ll turn down the sewer and get the water later, (it won’t happen that way),” he added.
Brewin said it would be helpful to add some information on water to the open house as well, so that residents can get a more complete picture of the situation.