An Alternative Approval Process (AAP) has been launched in Courtenay, B.C. to measure public support for funding the Greenwood Trunk Sanitary Sewer.

The project is required to increase capacity in the sewer system for current and future development in East Courtenay. In order to proceed with construction in 2020, the City will need to borrow $3 million.

“The Greenwood Trunk is the City’s top priority sewer project,” said Mayor Bob Wells. “The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) has already completed construction on the Comox Valley Sewer Service portion of the Greenwood Trunk, and the only thing left for this project is for the City to complete our section. This upgrade will provide much-needed additional capacity in the sewer system in East Courtenay, as well as help reduce demand on the main Courtenay sewer lift station on Comox Road.”

The Greenwood Trunk will redirect sewage to the CVRD’s new Comox Valley Sewer Service trunk on Anderton Road and allow the City to decommission three smaller temporary lift stations. The two new lift stations along the Greenwood Trunk will be designed with improved technology, including the ability to monitor the system remotely, decreasing response times and improving efficiency.

The new line will move wastewater from East Courtenay to the sewage treatment plant on Brent Road via the CFB Comox pump station, bypassing the Courtenay pump station. Diverting wastewater away from the Courtenay pump station will alleviate capacity concerns and help to accommodate future growth in the community.

Total project costs are estimated at $4.1 million. Of this total, $1.05 million will be allocated from reserve funds and $50,000 from general sewer utility revenue. The remainder will be funded by borrowing.

Debt servicing costs for this project are estimated at $173,900 per year and have been calculated using the latest Municipal Finance Authority interest rates with amortization over 25 years. These costs are fully recovered by the existing annual sewer frontage tax levy within the sewer fund and will not impact the general taxation debt levy.

The number of eligible Courtenay electors has been determined to be 20,162. Council may proceed with borrowing unless at least 10 per cent—or 2,017—of electors submit Elector Response Forms declaring their opposition to borrowing prior to the deadline on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Elector response forms are available online and at Courtenay City Hall (830 Cliffe Avenue). Once completed, signed elector response forms may be submitted in person at Courtenay City Hall, by mail (City of Courtenay, 830 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, V9N 2J7) or email info@courtenay.ca.

More information about the Alternative Approval Process for the Greenwood Trunk Sanitary Sewer project is available here.

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