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Q&A Summary of first Public Information Session

over 1 year ago

With well over 100 people in attendance, the first Public Information Session was a success. It was held at the Chester Area Middle School on Tuesday, December 11 starting at 6:00pm. The session began with informal discussions with staff and a display of information. Following that, there was a facilitated question-answer period with many great questions, all of which are summarized in this document: 2018-11-12_Q&A Summary (click here)

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Consultation has concluded

tboxbarry over 1 year ago
While I agree that a study into a viable water supply system is important for the village of Chester I can not vote yes at this time as this should be a vote only to go forward at this time, and not a vote on whether we want water or not.We need a viable affordable plan for a number of reason : 1.If it is not affordable we will put a tremendous stress on many residence, particularly pensioners and the young just starting out. We are not all rich.??? 2. We are a Municipality and as part of that Municipality Chester contributes approximately 70 % of it's tax base, and although I no not expect the other districts to pay the same rate as those in the proposed water area, I feel some contribution has to be made by the Municipality as a whole, the same as we contribute to projects in other parts of the Municipality. 3. in light of recent developments whereby Council is trying to put the full responsibility of paying for "J" class road repairs on the residence of the roads repaired and we are about to tear up every road in the village if we go ahead with this project, has this been taken into consideration in the costs estimates or will the road repairs be an additional cost to the residence. Incidentally just about every road in the proposed water supply area is a "J" class road.
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Diana Hancock over 1 year ago
I would like to vote 'yes' on January 26th if I was confident that it only meant a 'yes' to spending the time and money on investigating a central water system further. I am not convinced that Spectacle Lake or Middle River are the best/only way to go. Can we not be more creative or at least explore some other avenues? Desalination? Rain catchment? Recycling our sewage water? Water towers? A combination of designs? I wish I could trust that a 'yes' vote didn't simply hurtle us into 'let's do it'; with years of increasing costs for an already ludicrously expensive system that is potentially unreliable and not longterm, and that a 'no' vote didn't simply let the Municipality off the hook of solving Chester's water supply problem.... yet again.
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RM over 1 year ago
John MacEwen again continuing my comment:before they can decide about building all or part of the proposed central system would better able to say firmly "yes" or "no" about construction. The second vote would be on whether to construct a central system for all or part of the Village, assuming the Province and the Fed Gov.t will pay about 75% of the cost.
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RM over 1 year ago
Regarding "Don MacEwen's comment:My first name is John, not Don.The Summary misrepresents what I proposed. I and a previous speaker proposed that the January voting be on whether to send about $1.7 million on the next step in the process -- developing the project design. The project design step would result in much better cost estimates (+ or - 10% rather than the current rough estimates ( +35% or -22%) and would address some important unanswered questions about the proposed central water sources. Once this step is done, rate payers who need better cost estimates
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