The first half of the District of Barriere’s Public Works Committee meeting focused on a status report for the wastewater grant and an overview of the next steps to be taken. The discussion included topics around where the facility will be located (behind the fire hall), the building design, guidelines around who will have to hook up, creating an incentive program to encourage hooking up to the system, and tying everything in to the downtown revitalization planning. There will be an open house regarding the building design, likely around the end of March or beginning of April.
It was noted that the Birch Lane treatment plant is having some issues as it is not receiving enough sewage input. The Road Assessment that was done in December is almost ready for presentation to council. Staff members are looking into drafting a Truck Route and Restrictions bylaw for Barriere.
Peter Blanke from the Monte Carlo Motel had a few questions for the Committee members. Q: When is phase one of the wastewater system expected to be completed? A: Approximately two years. Q: Will the water main pipes be replaced at the same time and in the same trench as the sewage pipes when they are installed? A: They will be in their own trench as they must be at least 10 feet away from the sewage pipes. Blanke also requested that the District consider putting in some street lights along the road near the Station House Restaurant, the Monte Carlo and the Petro Can Station. This prompted a brief discussion about other street lights that need to be installed or replaced including some on Dunsmuir, DeeJay and Oriole Roads.
The next meeting of the Public Works Committee will be on March 20 at 7 p.m.