Engineers take soil samples at Colliery Dam Park. Rushing ahead with remediation is disconcerting

Engineers take soil samples at Colliery Dam Park. Rushing ahead with remediation is disconcerting

Dam plan too hasty

NANAIMO – Re: Timelines set for park spillway, Aug. 6.

To the Editor,

Re: Timelines set for park spillway, Aug. 6.

Installation of an ‘emergency’ spillway is to be fast-tracked. An incredible amount of money has been wasted by forced rash decisions based on incorrect or insufficient information over the last three years. Better information has saved our park and minimized the co sts for remedial work and for this, we should all be thankful. However, despite most people now aware that the Colliery dams are not about to fall down during the next heavy rain, there remains an urgency to begin work in the fall with little likelihood that the job will be completed this year. Extra costs could be incurred. Statements like “we just need to get on with it” and “we have no choice,” remain a poor rationale for wayward spending.

Once again, rushing ahead with this latest plan is very disconcerting.

Jeff SolomonColliery Dam Park Preservation Society