Meadow Park sewer hookup coming, unless residents tell North Cowichan stop

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An on-again off-again contentious sewer project in North Cowichan is on again unless opponents can rally enough support by May 30.

In 2012, residents of the Meadow Park subdivision narrowly petitioned to support connection to the municipal sewage system at a cost of about $12,000 per lot.

A significant number of homeowners were opposed, but Mayor Jon Lefebure said council decided to approve the expansion as being "in the best interests of the community."

But when the project went to tender, engineering concerns meant the cost would skyrocket to more than $17,000 per home. Because of that, council backed away from the plan.

However, on March 19, staff presented a report indicating that because a bylaw had been passed to proceed, it could only be rescinded through a new neighbourhood petition.

If at least 50% of the properties, having at least 50% of the assessed value of all the affected properties, sign the petition, council will rescind the bylaw and turn the issue over to Island Health to deal with failing septic systems in the area," Lefebure said in a media release.

"On the other hand, if there is no valid petition to reject the bylaw, council will proceed with construction of the sewer system as approved in the approved bylaw.

"If you are one of the affected parties, please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

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