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Dam group doing useful work

To the Editor,

Re: Colliery dams situation sets troubling precedent, Letters, Feb. 18.

I find it curious that the current process regarding the Colliery dams is of concern to some.

The striking of a committee involving community members and First Nations is described as a “troubling precedent.” The delegates sitting on this committee from the Colliery Dam Park Preservation Society consist of an engineer, an engineer technician, a heavy-duty machine contractor who has worked on dams, and an owner of a local waterworks company. My role is to present historical and factual information that has been gathered from the community. Our team members are the only ones sitting at the table who are unpaid for service. We are there in support of qualified engineers who are tasked with the role of deciding what work is required for our dams. They are gathering the information necessary to make informed choices. This is what should have occurred years ago.

Despite a great deal of money previously spent, there are large gaps in factual information regarding the makeup of the dams including their true dimensions.

We are pleased with the opportunity to have a say in what occurs to our park and take a very special interest in ensuring that proper decisions are made this time around.

Jeff Solomon
Nanaimo

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