Sanitary Sewer Petition Fails
image is original Phase 4 plan area which failed.
Prince George, B.C. – The petition that would have cleared the way for phase four of sewer installation in a Hart neighbourhood has failed.
The proposal called for residences along Killarney Drive, Carleton Lane, Carleton Place, Glenngarry Road, Croft Road, Dunbar Place, Langley Crescent, Poyner Crescent, Teresa Place and Montgomery Crescent to be added to the City’s sewer system The project would cost each property owner approximately $27 thousand dollars.
Before the project could be approved, the City required the approval from 50% of the total number of property owners, and 50% of the total assessed values. That mean the City needed to have approval of a total of 53 property owners, whose properties had a combined assessed value of $12.9 million.
The petition only resulted in the City receiving approval from 35% of the property owners representing $8.7 million dollars in assessed value.
However, Staff did note, there was approval from residents in one particular area of the big picture. So staff would like to do a formal petition in a smaller area.
A resident in the smaller area, sent a letter to Council concerned they would have to go through the petition process again, having already rejected the proposal.
“We know there is a lot of interest in this (smaller) area” says Adam Homes, Engineer with the City. He says it is likely those in the revised area will ask the City to conduct another petition initiative.
Councillor Terri McConnachie says she was “Completely shocked” this project didn’t pass, but could not support redoing the petition. “It would be disingenuous” said McConnachie who said the democratic process was presented, and failed so she couldn’t support the idea of the City going ahead to redo the formal petition.
Mayor Lyn Hall says Council’s message has always been that it is up to the residents that the neighbourhood is the one “driving the bus” but if the City goes ahead and sets a new petition in motion for a smaller area, Mayor Hall says that means “the City is now driving the bus” and he is not comfortable with that. “I would bet if we turn this down, we would have those residents who want it , to come forward very soon asking to have a new formal petition.”
Council has turned down the request from staff to launch a new formal petition, and will leave it up to the residents to take the next step.