Hart LAS No Slam Dunk
Prince George BC – Familiar questions and concerns have been raised at a public meeting about the installation of sewer service to some Hart Highlands properties.
The proposed project would be phase 4 of the installation of a sewer line, and would connect with properties on
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In all, there are 106 properties that could be brought on line, if the residents agree to go ahead.
Cost is a major factor, as under a Local Area Service agreement, each property owner would be expected to pay a maximum of $27 thousand dollars, which could be repaid to the City over 20 years. There’s also a connection fee which residents would have to carry on their own and that cost could range between $2 thousand and $5 thousand dollars, depending on the lay out of their lot.
But as has been the case in the first three phases, the matter of promises made when the Hart was amalgamated with the City of Prince George, came to the surface. Residents wanted to know what happened with the promise of sewer service they say was made at the time of amalgamation? What happened to the dollars that were set aside for that infrastructure? “It is irresponsible” said one woman, who is concerned that approving the Local Area Service to have her home connected to the sewer system will cost her $150 dollars a month for the rest of her life.
The meeting also showed a split between those who are in the older homes in the neighbourhood and those who have built more recently and have younger septic systems.
In order for the project to move forward, petitions must be signed and returned to the City. A signed petition form is a vote in favour of the project. The number of petitions received must be from at least 50% of the property owners, representing at least 50% of the total assessed value of the 106 properties.
The City is sending petition forms to residents this week, and has set a deadline of 5p.m. July 31st for the return of those forms. Although one person has raised a concern about the petition period being in July, when many are taking holidays, City representatives say they have allowed this petition period to be longer than the norm and will email the forms to those who would like to receive it, sign it, and mail it back to the City by the given deadline.
Even if the petition results in the project moving forward, construction would not start until 2018 and would be done over 2 to three years.