Victoria, BC– Following the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program Commission (formerly Seaterra Commission) meeting today, Brenda Eaton, Commission Chair, announced that several steps have been completed to scale back operations and reduce costs as the Capital Regional District continues its planning work to find a new solution to wastewater treatment for the seven core municipalities.
The demobilization of the Seaterra Project Management Office commenced in June 2014, after the CRD requested that the Seaterra Program activity be suspended. Most of the staff have already left their positions or been reassigned to the CRD. By the end of September 2015, all staff will have completed their assignments and the office will close. “I want to thank the Commission staff and, in particular, Albert Sweetnam, Project Director, for his commitment and his exemplary leadership in completing the work on the Program,” said Brenda Eaton, Commission Chair. “This included significant planning for future wastewater treatment, management of engineering studies, complex procurements, negotiation of contracts, and delivery of the Craigflower pump station $1.5 million under budget.”
The Commission office space will be leased out by the CRD, and almost all of the contracts that were specific to the project have been terminated. Outstanding items remaining after the end of September will transition to the CRD for wrap-up.
The Commission itself remains in place, under the new name Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program Commission, waiting to implement whatever system of wastewater projects the CRD Board decides upon and is approved by the Province.
“We appreciate the efforts of the Commission in taking the steps to reduce costs at this point while the elected officials work hard to develop a new program” said Lisa Helps, Chair of the Core Area Liquid waste Management Committee.
The CRD is a local government that delivers 200+ regional, sub-regional and local services for residents of the region which includes 13 municipalities and three electoral areas within 2370 square kilometres on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD is working to serve the public, and build a vibrant, livable and sustainable region.
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