Timberlea residents plea to council over septic issues

By VERNA MURPHY, Connect Contributor

Kevin Scoble

Kevin Scoble

The council meeting of September 15, 2015 saw many delegations throughout the evening. First up on the agenda was a provision about provincial election signs. Mayor and council voted that the amendment go through, and that all standards and references to election signs be removed – except two. Election signs will still be permitted in all districts and no development permit is required.

After first advising council to not put in a bid for the Over 55 Games in 2017, administration came back after Councillor Lance Bussieres had asked for a week’s extension. In that week, administration engaged with various local groups and found there was an interest fro seniors to host the Games. The recommendation was changed, and Mayor and council voted for administration to put together a bid to attempt to host the Games. The deadline for the application bid is November 13, 2015.

Several weeks ago, Councillor Colleen Tatum asked administration to look into the feasibility of a parkade that would be located in the downtown core. Administration came back to council and recommended that the new Downtown Land and Development committee could give their recommendation on where the new parkade should be located when they come back with their report. Councillor Allan Vinni made a motion for it all be brought to the Land and Transportation Council Committee, and that motion passed.

Jeff Penney gave a report on an upcoming Economic Information Session. The session will take place on October 6, 2015 at Shell Place for about 150 delegates. Presenters from RBC and Meyers Norris Penny will talk about the local impact global issues have on our economy. Special separate presentations will be done for Mayor and council, so they can ask more specific questions.

There were several residents of the area who got up to speak to Mayor and council about their personal experience with the situation. Some are struggling to pay for the huge cost of clean-up and repair because they could not get insurance, due to previous backups.

Administration, led by Kevin Scoble, gave a very detailed report on the Confederation Way Sanitary Sewer Bypass Project. During July, many home owners in Timberlea experienced serious septic backups in their basements. There were several residents of the area who got up to speak to Mayor and council about their personal experience with the situation. Some are struggling to pay for the huge cost of clean-up and repair because they could not get insurance, due to previous backups.

One young couple spoke about finally buying a home only to have this happen, and then see delay, after delay in getting the work done. Diane Slater gave a very passionate talk and she begged Mayor and council to not forget the human impact that this all has had, and she felt they had all failed the residents. Slater went on to say that instead of spending money on things that she said looks like scaffolding in Jubilee Plaza (The Weather Catcher), they should be using money to make sure residents of Fort McMurray are receiving the core services they deserve.

Slater also said the municipality took far too long to do the sewer upgrades in the Timberlea area, as some residents experienced floods and back-ups, as far back as 2002.

At the end of the delegations, Councillor Tyran Ault made a motion to ask administration to look into providing some financial assistance to the residents who have been affected.

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