Lantzville council skips reservoir staff report

NANAIMO – Councillors say information can come at any time without formal report from staff

Lantzville councillors have decided not to bother with getting a staff report on the Aulds Road reservoir replacement.

Councillors voted 4-2 against a motion calling for an in-depth report on the reservoir during Monday’s council meeting.

Had the motion been approved, staff would have been required to provide councillors with information on when such a replacement would occur, where the reservoir would be located, how much it would cost, and how it would be paid for.

The motion also asked for specific information regarding whether a third pressure zone might be needed after the Lantzville-Nanaimo water deal has begun as well as how much a third reservoir would cost.

Coun. Mark Swain, who voted against the motion, told councillors while he could support the first portion of the motion, he felt the additional information could simply be provided to councillors by staff at any time, adding that he believed much of the information is related to the upcoming water master plan.

“I don’t think it is a bad request to get some information about the Aulds Road reservoir and when it is slated for replacement and so forth, but the rest of the motion I can’t support,” Swain said.

Coun. Denise Haime supported the motion. She said that while council should be waiting for the water master plan, it is not and as a result, information should be gathered about the reservoir.

“This is important information that I think we need to know in order to make it work,” she said.

Mayor Colin Haime voted against the motion. He argued that there is nothing stopping councillors from getting updates from staff members through other lines of communications.

“Staff will reply and that is not in-camera information, so we are free to share that information with other interested parties in the community,” he said.

He also said the last two portions of the motions pertaining to a third pressure zone and reservoir can be addressed through the water master plan.

“That is what the water master plan is about to deal with,” he said.

Coun. Will Geselbracht, who also voted against the motion, later told the News Bulletin that district staff are already overwhelmed and that the report was unnecessary.

“Right now our staff are faced with a shortage of staff to do the work that they currently have before them and I didn’t feel that report warranted any further staff time,” he said.

Coun. Dot Neary also voted against the motion while Coun. John Coulson supported it. Coun. Bob Colclough was absent.

Just Posted

Nanaimo author B.S. Thompson has released his debut novel, ‘The Book of Nodd.’ (Photo courtesy Nora Funk)
Nanaimo author invites readers into dangerous world of dreams in debut novel

B.S. Thompson unveils ‘The Book of Nodd’ with online launch June 20

Potters Virginia Dunseith and Ruth Porter present their joint exhibit ‘Dig It’ at Art 10 Gallery until the end of June. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Potters show pieces for home and garden at Nanaimo’s Art 10 Gallery

Virginia Dunseith and Ruth Porter’s show ‘Dig It’ on display until end of June

Construction work continues on the City of Nanaimo’s new Fire Station No. 1 on Fitzwilliam Street. (News Bulletin file)
Next phase of borrowing approved as Nanaimo fire hall construction ongoing

City of Nanaimo CAO says construction on Fitzwilliam Street hall on schedule and budget

Nanaimo Fire Rescue firefighters at the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Tenth Street near Southside Drive on Sunday, June 13. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Driver OK after crashing vehicle off the side of Nanaimo’s Tenth Street

Crews say wet roads a factor a crash Sunday, June 13

Emergency crews on scene of a two-car crash at the intersection of Cranberry Avenue and the Trans-Canada Highway on Sunday, June 13. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Crash blocks Cranberry intersection in Nanaimo, no one injured

Incident blocks both southbound lanes of Trans-Canada Highway

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

Gabriola Island artist Sheila Norgate is promoting the Digital Innovation Group’s art impact survey. (File photo)
Vancouver Island artists get behind regional arts impact study

Artists urged to use their stature to help put arts and culture super-region on the map

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

Darren Campbell’s truck (pictured) was stolen when he stopped to check on a car in a ditch on Cowichan Bay Road on Monday morning. (Facebook photo)
Vancouver Island Good Samaritan’s truck stolen in nasty trick

‘Try to be a Good Samaritan and my $20,000 truck gets stolen right under my nose’

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

Creative handmade signs abound at the June 13 Tofino rally for old growth trees. (Nora O’Malley photo)
VIDEO: Tofino stands in solidarity for Fairy Creek Blockades

Over 150 supporters attend rally hosted by Friends of Clayoquot Sound

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. watching U.K.’s COVID struggles but don’t think province will see similar pitfalls

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

Most Read