|Work has continued through January on the water line issues related|
to the Crestview area of the city
It's just over one month now that the City Council announced the end of the Local State of Emergency related to the December freeze and subsequent waterline breaks, a period of one week prior to Christmas which seemingly had the community close to a complete water infrastructure failure.
The last official statement on the Local State of Emergency was issued on December 24th just before the holiday period began, the statement noting that the emergency of the previous seven days was now under control.
|The Final word on the Local State of Emergency from December|
was issued on December 24
The short update just prior to Christmas, was a bit of a relief from the previous themes that had been recounted during the week that had passed previous.
Though one month later there is still much work underway in two of the larger areas of note.
That of the original break on Crestview Drive that first raised the alarms of December and a second work site that is still going strong at First Avenue just east of Pacific Mariners Park located in front of Broadwater Industries.
Neither seems close to finish and the roads remain closed to motorists in those areas.
|Through traffic access remains closed for the Crestview Area|
Since the Declaration and then Ending of the State of Local Emergency there have been two Public City Council Sessions that have taken place.
One on January 9th, the other this past Monday and at both of those sessions, which would have offered a chance for a full overview of where we are when it comes to the water issues, none was provided.
Nor did anyone on City Council think to ask a few questions of the Operations Director Richard Pucci, who was in attendance for both sessions.
So as the work continues, city residents have no idea how much may be left to complete, or how much it has cost so far, how much it may cost moving forward and how the city has decided to budget the work on the water issues.
As well, with the city's water situation now one of much interest for a range of politicians, provincial and Federal, there was no discussion as to whether all of the letter writing of the last month has delivered any kind of response from the Federal Government.
Offering some hope of success towards the request for some immediate assistance towards the city's infrastructure woes.
In just the last month, Dominic LeBlanc, the Federal Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities and Omar Alghabra, the Minister of Transport, have received letters in support of Prince Rupert's call for help from the following:
With the last of the January public sessions for Council now past, the City Council members missed a good opportunity to provide some background on those efforts and what they may have heard back, if anything, from the various calls of support.
Also missing from the update file as we move towards February, is an indication if the City has finally shifted from its water supply from Shawatlan Lake, back to the Woodworth Dam supply.
At the January 9th Session of Council, Operations Director Richard Pucci advised that the city was awaiting notice from Northern Health that would allow it to draw from the Woodworth Dam supply, so far there has been no official announcement released to advise residents that the shift has taken place.
If indeed we are still on the Shawatlan Lake supply, there needs to be some kind of an update as to why the delay continues and when will it be resolved.
Something that will give the Dam a purpose for more than just photo backdrops.
North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice recently shared a note through her Social Media stream of a lunch session that she and Mayor Pond attended to offer thanks to the City work crews that have kept the water flowing during this recent period of challenge.
A way of saying well done to the workforce that carried the community through the holidays and into the New Year.
Hopefully, residents in the city will soon gain an update from the civic government as to how that work has all gone so far, as well as what concerns remain.
Along with some guidance from the elected officials as to when the City may hope to hear back from the Federal government towards their quest for funds to address the issue with a full replacement program.
More notes on the city's infrastructure issues can be explored through our archive page.