Kim Westad, Times Colonist, June 22, 2010 12:30 PM
The manager of the region’s secondary sewage treatment project got a loud blast from Esquimalt council Monday night, as every politician criticized a decision to have the region’s single treatment plant at McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt.
“I am extremely disappointed, appalled and disgusted,” said Coun. Linda Hundleby, words echoed by many on council.
A report recommending McLoughlin Point as the only liquid waste treatment site goes to the Capital Regional District tomorrow for
approval. Jack Hull, the project manager, attended Esquimalt council to talk about the community consultation to take place in July and September.
“How can there be community consultation when you’ve already made the decision?” said visibly angry Coun. Don Linge. “That is so disrespectful of this council and our residents.”
Mayor Barb Desjardins said the Capital Regional District needs to recognize how sewage treatment — mandated by the province to be in place by 2016 — has “gone sideways” and why so many in Esquimalt are angry about it being shoved onto them with no consultation.
Hull said the sludge left over after treatment at the site is to be piped to either the Hartland Road landfill or another closer site that
the CRD is still looking for. Coun. Randall Garrison said he wants it in writing that trucks will not haul the sludge, ruining the town’s streets and causing traffic hazards.