Support was overwhelmingly in favour of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary referendum regarding the disposition of East End sewer assets.

Thumbs up for Kootenay Boundary referendum

Mayor Mike Martin says the passed referendum is a good outcome for Trail

Rossland and Trail are free to takeover maintenance of their own sewer lines after the regional referendum passed with ease on Saturday.

Trail Mayor Mike Martin says this is good news for the Silver City.

“And thank you to the residents of Trail, Warfield and Rossland for voting in support, 80 per cent, of this asset transfer from the regional district,” Martin told the Trail Times. “The City of Trail will now assume full responsibility for the East Trail interceptor line which runs from the Sunningdale Lift Station to the regional interceptor in East Trail,” he explained.

“This line, which serves only residents of Trail, will then be under the full control of the Trail Public Works Department for its operation and maintenance as with all the other sewer lines which only serve the residents of Trail.”

Joint ownership through the regional District only really makes sense when there are multiple parties, Martin added.

“Such as with the Regional Interceptor and Columbia Pollution Control Centre where there is joint ownership by Rossland, Warfield and Trail. The regional district operates and maintains these jointly owned assets.”

Two questions were asked of the three municipalities that comprise the East End Regional Sanitary Sewer Service as BC Law requires all electors in the service area be given the opportunity to weigh in on the transfer of regional assets.

Tallied votes from Rossland, Trail and Warfield amounted to 6,048 for “yes” compared with 1,527 ballots marked “no.”

Acclaimed Mayor Kathy Moore was asking her Rossland constituents to vote “yes” prior to the Oct. 20 municipal election. Electors must have listened her message as 1,875 votes were cast in favour of both questions while 454 were opposed.

“It’s going to have a minuscule impact on fees,” Moore told the Rossland News. “If anything, we’ll save a little money on it because we think our public works can maintain that pipe cheaper than paying the regional district …”

Although Warfield lines will continue to be maintained by the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, village electors still had their say. Of that pool of voters, 905 were in favour, and 317 said “no” to both questions.

Results are available on the regional district’s website, www.rdkb.com.

 

Image: Courtesy the RDKB

Just Posted

‘Two passengers,’ no driver in van detained by Trail police

Trail police detain van on Friday night, leads to 2 court dates

Update: Trail RCMP seize drugs, shotgun, and cash

Warrant in East Trail yields meth, fentanyl, heroin, gun and stolen property

CKCA supports 5 arts and culture projects in Trail

$750,000 distributed to 150+ arts and culture projects as well as Basin culture tour

$174-million acid plant up and running at Trail smelter

Teck Trail Ops; New facility replaces 1970s technology

It’s Friday the 13th

Fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia

VIDEO: Liberals make child care pledge, Greens unveil platform on Day 6 of campaign

Green party leader Elizabeth May unveils her party’s platform in Toronto

Canucks sign Brock Boeser to three-year, US$17.6-million deal

Young sniper will be in Vancouver Tuesday

B.C. forest industry looks to a high-technology future

Restructuring similar to Europe 15 years ago, executive says

RCMP conclude investigation into 2017 Elephant Hill wildfire

Files have been turned over to BC Prosecution Service

B.C. wants to be part of global resolution in opioid company bankruptcy claim

Government says settlement must include Canadian claims for devastation created by overdose crisis

B.C. ends ‘birth alerts’ in child welfare cases

‘Social service workers will no longer share information about expectant parents without consent’

U.S. student, killed in Bamfield bus crash, remembered as ‘kind, intelligent, talented’

John Geerdes, 18, was one of two UVic students killed in the crash on Friday night

Driver of RV in Hosmer collision reported in stable condition

Collision occurred in Hosmer on September 5 and involved a semi truck, an RV and a school bus

Free Tesla 3 offered with purchase of Surrey townhome

Century Group’s offer for Viridian development runs through Oct. 31

Most Read