Central Water in Chester

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The Municipality of Chester is working with the Village of Chester Commission to investigate the potential for installing a central water system for the Village of Chester.

Data collection, growth analysis and community buy-in are critical to the decision. Both the Municipality and the Commission have invested significant funds in collecting data on existing conditions and examining the socio-economic factors related to a central water system for Chester.

On this site, you will find past documents, answers to frequently asked questions, important dates, and hopefully all of the facts you need to become informed about this issue. Please browse through, and we encourage you to register so you can comment and ask questions.


The Municipality of Chester is working with the Village of Chester Commission to investigate the potential for installing a central water system for the Village of Chester.

Data collection, growth analysis and community buy-in are critical to the decision. Both the Municipality and the Commission have invested significant funds in collecting data on existing conditions and examining the socio-economic factors related to a central water system for Chester.

On this site, you will find past documents, answers to frequently asked questions, important dates, and hopefully all of the facts you need to become informed about this issue. Please browse through, and we encourage you to register so you can comment and ask questions.

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    Whereas over 90% of the students attending the 2 Chester Area Schools live outside of the proposed Village water area will MODC, be requesting, in addition to the 75% federal/provincial funding, 3 million dollars from the South Shore Regional Centre for Education/Department of Education to help offset MODC's costs to provide clean fresh potable water?

    Darrell Tingley asked over 1 year ago

    Answered by our Director of Finance and Director of Engineering & Public Works.

    Under the current proposed model, the schools included in the serviceable boundary will be charged like all other properties: using a uniform charge. If the project proceeds, a local improvement charge by-law will be developed that could alter the charge method, however, they will still be charged capital costs along with costs associated with hook-up, distribution and usage if they choose to connect.

    Currently, schools/education are funded by the Province. However, the money used by the Province to fund education comes from municipal property taxes because municipalities and towns are required to pay (refer to our annual budget documents to reference current and past amounts). So, in fact, the general assessment/public will pay for the schools' capital charges in the end because that's where funding for the South Shore Regional Centre for Education comes from. There are no other substantial funding sources other than specified government funding programs and the users themselves for this type of project.


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    How many properties are actually having problems and has the Planning Dept actually mapped them. Could I see such a detailed map

    malcsq asked about 1 year ago

    The Director of Engineering & Public Works responds,

    For the last couple of years, we have collected information on dry wells in the Municipality of Chester. The data, voluntarily submitted by our residents, was collected and compiled into a report that indicates trends in specific areas of MOC. We also have the report written by our consultants, CBCL Ltd., that gives us a snapshot of water quality and quantity issues of a percentage of wells in the Village of Chester. Testing was taken by CBCL on wells that volunteered for testing. We can provide some general information on both accounts. The Planning Department has not, to date, mapped this information.

    As an aside, we are forming a Water Strategy Committee that will meet in the next week. An update will be provided on Voices and Choices after that meeting.

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    Hi Since the vote was 57% no, it is a majority vote. Therefore you should not be even considering going forward with this water project. A vote is a vote. If you ignore this, then what was even the sense of going through all of this in the first place. You have been elected to represent the majority - you need to remember this.

    DES asked over 1 year ago

    Council, at their meeting on February 7, made a motion that the Municipality not proceed with the project, but have staff investigate options that we can provide to residents experiencing issues.

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    Thank you for posting the vote results so quickly. Would you please post the individual zone results, too? Thanks, Nancy

    witeg8 asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Nancy,

    Those results will be posted after Council receives them for their February 7 meeting.

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    For clarification purposes please advise of the amount of money which is anticipated in the poll question: is it $48 million? is it $12 million or is it $1.7 million or is it zero as per the resolution passed by council?

    Darrell Tingley asked over 1 year ago

    The poll question, as approved by Council on November 29, remains,

    "The Village of Chester area commonly experiences quantity and quality problems with its drinking water drawn from private wells.  A central water system would provide a clean, safe and reliable source of water supply, at a cost shared by residents in the proposed service area.

    Therefore,

    Are you for or are you against the Municipality of the District of Chester (MODC) constructing a central water system for the Village of Chester area?

    __ I am for MODC constructing

    __ I am against MODC constructing"

    The poll question does not include an amount of money.

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    Whereas Warden Webber failed to attend the first public meeting in December; and whereas his absence created confusion in getting clear and direct answers to the questions posed and whereas staff was put in an difficult position will Warden Webber be in attendance at the January 15, 2019 public meeting to answer resident questions regarding municipal water for the masses?

    Darrell Tingley asked over 1 year ago

    Yes, he was present at the meeting.

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    I am now at my home in Florida. I would like to vote on the water issue. Could you please give me a number so I can vote. Thanks Peter McCurdy P.McCurdy1@aol.com

    PeterM asked over 1 year ago

    Our Municipal Clerk, Pam Myra, will contact you with a PIN (Personal Identification Number). If she cannot reach you, you can contact her at 902-275-3631 or election@chester.ca

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    How can I vote online

    MrBill asked over 1 year ago

    If you live inside the Village of Chester boundary, you should have received instructions on how to vote in the mail this week. If you didn't, please contact our Municipal Clerk, Pam Myra, at 902-275-3631 or email her at election@chester.ca

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    The MODC response to a FAQ on the poll, advises that a " Majority vote is critical ". Does this mean 50% +1 of the votes cast, or some other number? Does this mean that 50% +1 of the eligible PID's , estimated at 1100 +/- must cast a vote for the poll to be valid? Or some other number? For example, if the total number of votes cast is 250, will the poll be considered valid?

    Lumpfish asked over 1 year ago

    Council did not quantify the definition of "majority" in terms of this poll. The reason is because the poll is not the only deciding factor in whether the Municipality will proceed with a central water system or not. With a project as large as this one, there are many variables. For example, did one entire zone vote 90% against and another vote 90% in favour? Were only 100 votes cast? If the result is 55% to 45% (either direction), does that number pay unwanted capital costs or is the other number denied a wanted system? Therefore, Council will used the results as a guide and will consider the nuances within the poll as well as other factors.

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    Will the wording of the question on the water system ballot be made public before the January 15 information meeting?

    Lumpfish asked over 1 year ago

    The wording has already been made public in several ways: 1) on the reverse side of the second (most recent) voter information letter; 2) on a polling fact sheet that was distributed at the last information session; and 3) the same polling fact sheet that is posted on this website. For convenience, the wording is,

    “The Village of Chester area commonly experiences quantity and quality problems with its drinking water drawn from private wells. A central water system would provide a clean, safe and reliable source of water supply at a cost shared by residents in the proposed service area.

    Therefore, are you for - or are you against - the Municipality of the District of Chester (MODC) constructing a central water system for the Village of Chester area?

    I am for MODC constructing OR I am against MODC constructing”

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    Material issued by MODC suggests the proposed water system would be funded by an area rate applied to just residents of the Village of Chester. But the proposed rate appears to be fixed rate, applied to each property. The MODC website defines an area rate as " Your applicable area rates are applied per $100 of your assessment value. " MODC appears to be ignoring their own policy by not applying an area rate based on assessment to pay for the water system. Why has MODC chosen to ignore their own stated policy in this issue?

    Lumpfish asked over 1 year ago

    The charge would be based upon a Municipality of Chester local improvement by-law which would allow for calculation of the charge based on various methods, including a uniform amount for each parcel of land. The by-law does not yet exist, but would have to be developed and approved if the project goes ahead. Such a by-law is allowed under section 81(1) of the Municipal Government Act. Other methods of calculating the charge are allowed, such as based on the property's assessment value, but a uniform amount was selected to be used in the initial model.

    Malcolm Pitman

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    My research shows that 7.2% of the students attending the two Chester Area Schools (38 of 531) live withing the described Village water area and 92.8% live outside the water area (493 of 531). The information for the upcoming poll suggests that all costs for the proposed Village water upgrades will be borne by property owners within the Village water area. MODC proposal is unfair and unjust. Water is a human right and should be provided to all homeowners, school children, business owners, etc.. Infrastructure costs should be borne by the three levels of government The only costs for homeowners, schools, businesses, etc. should be for hookup fees and usage. The poll on January 26, 2019 is an attempt by MODC to shirk its responsibilities and abdicate its role to provide clean, reliable potable water for its residents.

    Darrell Tingley asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comments.

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    It is my understanding that MODC paid the capital costs, a year or two ago, for the 3 million dollar "waste water"upgrades for Western Shore. No poll was taken and no individual homeowner charges were required. Please advise if this is factual, and if so, why is MODC not paying an equivalent amount of the capital costs for Municipal (potable) water for the Village of Chester and area.

    Darrell Tingley asked over 1 year ago

    The Municipality did, in fact, complete two wastewater projects: Western Shore and Mill Cove. The project budgets for these projects were $1.76 Million and $1.44 Million respectively. The Municipality was successful in receiving (71.5%) Federal-Provincial funding for both projects, which meant that the Municipality needed to fund ~$950,000 to complete both projects.

    The Municipality used a combination of Federal gas tax ($200,000), sewer reserves ($350,000) and borrowing ($400,000) to fund this $950,000, with the bulk of that money (reserves and borrowing) funded by the users themselves. In preparation for these projects, as well as an increase in operational expenses, the universal sewer rate (which is paid by the users) was increased from $550 in 2015-2016 to $600 in 2017-2018.

    The reason a poll was not taken for these expenditures was because these upgrades were required to ensure environmental compliance with our Provincial Approvals to Operate.

    To date, the Municipality has presented a similar model for the water system, where the users of the proposed system pay for the capital costs of construction as well as operational costs, less any government funding. Although, it has been determined that the Municipality can contribute to the capital costs of construction, if decided by Council.

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    If the system is approved for Phase 1, as Zone A, and the 771 potential users in Zone A must bear the cost of the entire installation, estimated at $33-35 Million, if and when the system is built out to include other areas, how will their capital cost be determined, and where will the money go? It does not seem reasonable that new users in additional phases should pay for only the cost of laying distribution pipe. But it also seems unreasonable to expect that every time a new user is added, and if they pay the same capital charge as the original 771 users, that a " refund " would come to each of the 771. Since MODC is not contributing any funds to this project, it is essentially a PPP water supply, funded by the original 771 "investors," and other levels of government. MODC is going to acquire ownership of an asset worth millions, at no cost. In most normal situations, a government body such as MODC acquires ownership by committing significant reserve funds to the project. MODC has made no such commitment. Perhaps MODC would commit to paying the interest on the users capital charge as their " reserve fund " contribution? . . . .

    Lumpfish asked over 1 year ago

    While it is expected that the system would be constructed in phases, the cost recovery implications of such plan have not been determined to date. However, the Municipality plans to have a capital cost recovery by-law in place, which will deal with how we charge the various types of properties in each zone depending on level of service they are receiving at any given time.

    As for the municipal contribution towards this proposed project, the Municipality has presented a model that is fully funded by the customers to date, not through the broader, general tax rate. This position may be reviewed by Council at any time if the project proceeds.

    Matthew Davidson

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    The CBCL report of June , 2018, includes Fig 2.1 In the upper right hand corner is a legend. In the bottom box of the legend is the wording " See Costing table For Zone Breakdown ". Where is this table in the report?

    Lumpfish asked over 1 year ago

    A cost breakdown per zone was not provided per se. The cost breakdown (Class D Capital Cost Opinion) was provided on page 54, Table 6.2 to service all areas as noted in either Figure 1.1 or 2.1. Also on page 54, it is noted that if we don’t service the area outside the Village boundaries, there would be an estimated deduction of $600,000 from the total before HST. Furthermore, if only Zone A would be serviced, there would be an estimated deduction of $6,600,000 from the total before HST. 

    In summary, the total before HST to service Zone A, depending on source water, ranges from $31,500,000 to $33,251,000 before HST. These figures are equivalent to a previous answer, which estimated Zone A to cost between $32 - $35 Million, which factored in net HST.

    Matthew Davidson

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    Asked via email from Lumpfish, "How many potential " users " are in Zone A?"

    over 1 year ago

    771 properties are in Zone A. This does not include water lots that cannot be developed, but does include government properties.

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    The CBCl report of June, 2018 page 34, Sec 5.2, describes installing a water supply in Phases. It states that it is anticipated that the system would be built out over a number of phases, over a number of Years. But the cost numbers given by MODC appear to be for the entire system done at once. Why is MODC choosing to ignore the recommendation of the CBCL report? What would be the cost of installing the system for Zone A, only to start, and adding additional zones later. The CBCL report, in 5.1.5 explains that it will be very costly to supply the 15 properties on Haddon Hill due to the elevation, and the additional resources required. What is the cost to supply water to Zone E, and if those 15 properties wish to have water, why isn't that being done later, and those properties can accept the cost. Engineers always say that servicing density is less expensive. If Zone A has the most density w hat is the cost to install the system for Zone A alone.

    Lumpfish asked over 1 year ago

    To date, the Municipality has reported the total cost of installing a system to service the entire service area in 2018 values, which is estimated between $40.4 - $42.2 Million, depending on the water source. We understand, that it would not be possible to construct an entire system in one year, so we have also estimated total costs between $47.7 and $47.9 million, depending on the water source and the system being fully built by 2024, over six construction seasons. However, these costs still reflect installing a system to service the entire service area, and doesn’t answer your question, unfortunately but we wanted to clarify that we are considering phasing over a number of construction seasons.

    With respect the cost to servicing each zone specifically, we don’t have those exact numbers, but we can estimate the cost to service Zone A based on the assumption that the supply and treatment system, as well as the storage reservoir, would be designed and built to service the entire service area, but the distribution system would be 75-80% of the total cost of distribution system, as noted in the report, pg 54 table 6.2. Based on that, the cost to construct Zone A is estimated between $32 - $35 Million, depending on the water source.

    Matthew Davidson

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    The CBCL report of June 2018, on page 4, sec 2.1 refers to three parts of the water system; source, treatment and distribution. Sec 2.2 refers to Zones and describes Zone A as representing 85% of the demand and 75-80% of the cost of the distribution system. Is this 75-80% of the cost of the distribution only or is it 75-80% of the cost of source, treatment and distribution?

    Lumpfish asked over 1 year ago

    Zone A represents 75-80% of the cost of distribution only, therefore the cost to service Zone A from a distribution system perspective, based on pg 54, table 6.2, is 75-80 % of either $20,451,000 or $23,894,000, depending on which water source (ground vs surface) is selected.

    Matthew Davidson

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    If the water project proceeds, has an analysis been done of the possible impact on the Chester Village sewer system. Human nature suggests if village homes no longer rely on scarce well water, but a possible " unlimited " public supply, usage will increase. Some of this will disappear in lawn watering etc, but some if not the majority will be put into the sewer system as black water. Has this amount been quantified, and will the sewer system handle it?

    Lumpfish asked over 1 year ago

    The reports to date have not addressed the effect of a water system on the wastewater system. However, it did note that while there is a concern that residents would increase water use, thus generate more wastewater; recent studies have shown people to be environmentally conscious and water usage per capita is trending downward. Furthermore, we are currently reviewing the capacity of the wastewater plant as part of another project, and this will be considered by the consultant.

    Matthew Davidson

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    At the public meeting at the Chester Area Middle School on Tuesday December 11, 2018 I was insulted by the absence of Warden Webber. This issue has been around longer than the 40 years Webber has been on council. His absence is inexcusable. Please answer the following questions: 1) The capital costs figures presented by MODC include financing charges. Is there an option for an individual property owner to pay the entire capital charge in a lump sum? 2) Public water systems usually expand to include more users over time. If the water system is expanded in the future to include users outside the village, what will their capital charge be, and where will the money go?

    Darrell Tingley asked over 1 year ago

    1) There will be an option to pay the entire capital charge in a lump sum.

    2) I cannot say for certain how expansion beyond the number of users assumed in the study would be handled as this was not part of the study's scope. However, I can envision a number of ways to handle this. One method could be that new properties added will have a local improvement charge per property for capital costs, but the amount per property could be reduced so that the amount raised does not exceed the costs. Alternatively, the local improvement charge per property could remain the same and excess funding could go to a reserve fund used to offset future costs and thereby reduce future rates. The mechanism to address this would likely be addressed in any future by-law and/or the rates and fees approved by the Utility and Review Board.

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    I read that water for fire abatement is part of the costing out of this project. I was told that Pugwash did not add fire hydrants to their new water supply system because of the increased cost. Did you get a cost of this project without that cost added and if so what was the difference? Fire insurance wise we are already the second best rate you can get, having hydrants would give us the best rate. I wonder if the difference between the savings on our premiums between best and second best would offset the increased cost of including that system. Brenda Mulrooney

    Paul Mulrooney asked over 1 year ago

    The cost savings associated with not supplying fire protection was estimated to be $3.4 million. The Socio-Economic Study suggested that including the fire protection will reduce insurance premiums over a 25 year period. However, the savings can differ from those suggested, so we encourage residents to contact their insurance agents for accurate rates.

    Additionally, the inclusion of fire protection flows in the central water system design could impact commercial fire protection systems, such as sprinklers, etc.

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    Warden Allen Webber, during an interview on CKBW, 5 pm Wednesday December 5, 2018, stated that Chester would have a plebiscite in January 2019 on water. The Warden also stated that all costs associated with water, less the 75% government funding, would come from property owners in the service area. Please answer the following questions: (1) Is the January 26, 2019 vote a plebiscite or a poll? (2) MODC has several properties in the area covered by the poll. Is the Warden suggesting that the Municipal properties will take a free ride on the backs of the property owners? (3) Which Municipal properties are currently in the "poll" area, what are current costs for providing clean drinking water, clean water to prevent orange ice at the arena and curling rink and how much is MODC projected to pay for water and hook up?

    Darrell Tingley asked over 1 year ago

    1) The vote in January is a poll, not a plebiscite.

    2) To date Council has only discussed the exclusion of all levels of government (i.e. The Village of Chester, Municipality of Chester and Provincial & Federal Government) from the voting process based on the properties they own. If we proceed with a water system, Council will need to discuss how those government bodies will be charged (i.e. capital, connection and usage, etc.). There are a few municipal properties within the poll area, based on the map, and they are as follows:

    • 60089570 – Part of the 4 properties making up the Municipal Office Property
    • 60391315 – Part of the 4 properties making up the Municipal Office Property
    • 60391323 – Part of the 4 properties making up the Municipal Office Property
    • 60058962 – Part of the 4 properties making up the Municipal Office Property
    • 60092103 – Part of the 2 properties making at the Village wastewater plant
    • 60394541 – Part of the 2 properties making at the Village wastewater plant
    • 60093291 – CAMS, while listed as a MODC property and contains the Skate Park, The South Shore Regional Centre for Education is responsible for all costs
    • 60093283 – Elementary School, while listed as a MODC property, The South Shore Regional Centre for Education is responsible for all costs
    • 60395597 – Back Harbour Wharf and Boat Pump-out Station
    • 60633971 – Parade Square Garden
    • 60686755 – Parade Square Road in front of Bandstand
    • 60090297 – Parade Square Bandstand
    • 60633997 – Part of the 4 properties making up the Freda’s Beach Area
    • 60633989 – Part of the 4 properties making up the Freda’s Beach Area
    • 60391679 – Part of the 4 properties making up the Freda’s Beach Area
    • 60391687 – Part of the 4 properties making up the Freda’s Beach Area
    • 60686524 – Small park near the stone bridge at end of Victoria Street
    • 60397452 – A long narrow parcel off of the trail that extends to Target Hill Road
    3) The municipal properties currently in the poll area are listed above. Hopefully, we didn’t miss any. With regards to the Eleanor Pew Memorial Arena (Chester Rink), this is not a Municipal property. It is operated and maintained by Church Memorial Park Trustees. However, they are projected to pay similar costs like everyone else at this time.

    UPDATE: We forgot to include this property in the listing:

    • PID 60601325 – Tancook Ferry Garden property

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    In the undated Information Sheet received this week on the back page it states "all property owners within the service area are required to pay the costs of the treatment and distribution system". "Connecting to the system is optional". "Costs do not include operational costs (approximately $80/property/year), which are paid through a usage rate". What is the estimated usage rate fee for municipal water?

    Darrell Tingley asked over 1 year ago

    Based on the latest calculations, the usage fees are estimated to be $76/year for groundwater option or $207/year for surface water. These figures are based on the preliminary design work completed by CBCL for the treatment plant only, and are subject to change. Usage costs are based on average volumes. It depends on how much or how little is consumed by each individual customer per year. The operation and maintenance of distribution system have yet to be determined, and will be based on the size of the distribution system installed.

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    How is this being funded, are the residents who would benefit from it paying 100% of the costs (surveys, construction & upkeep) or will it be subsidized by other MODC residents who remain on well water?

    Mat asked over 1 year ago

    The funding plan for the proposed project is based on federal and provincial funding, up to 75% of the total costs. The remaining costs (~25%) are proposed to be paid by the property owners within the service area. Council has stated it does not intend for the system to be subsidized by the general public.

    To date, half of the costs associated with the studies conducted are included in the current capital budget; the other half was funded by the Village of Chester Commission. If the project proceeds, it's assumed that those costs will be recovered through the water utility account, which is funded by properties in the service area.

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    Why is a potable water supply for Chester Village being questioned by Council? The CBCL “Village of Chester Water System Study” shows that 50 wells , or 62% of the 80 wells surveyed contain Coliform Bacteria, 12 wells or 15% of those surveyed showed arsenic concentrations above guideline limits, 23% of survey respondents have been affected by water shortages, aesthetic and other water Issues were identified by 31% of those surveyed and positively identified in 85% of the water samples taken by CBCL. Drilled wells in the Village Centre were identified at high risk of salt water incursion – no alternate plans suggested. Surely a dependable supply of potable water, in 2018, is a given, or a right. Is it not Council’s duty to study how the best way to provide potable water, and possibly adequate supplies for fire abatement, can be provided to the Village of Chester at a cost that we can afford. “Cost is a critical consideration” you say, yet you have made a proposal at a cost of $48 M , so large that even Federal and Provincial funding would never be possible. Go back to the drawing board then come forward with a costed plan that will provide potable water to the Village of Chester. Show us how you will do it at a viable cost with a reasonable long range plan. JUST DO IT ! Gail Fraser

    Gail Fraser asked over 1 year ago

    With regards to the statement that the Municipality has come up with a proposal too large for Federal Provincial funding.

    It should noted that the objective of the studies thus far were to determine the total cost of supplying central water with fire protection to the entire Village of Chester. If it is decided to proceed with central water, it is the intent to maximize every funding opportunity we can, and in order to do so we recognize appropriately phasing the work is required.

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    Asked via email by Trevor Lucas: "You’ve said “With regards to the concerns of impacts to surrounding properties, that is certainly a valid concern and is something that we plan to investigate once it is determined if we are proceeding with a central water system.” My concern then is how can one make an informed decision and vote on a central water system if the potential impacts are not being investigated until after a decision to proceed is made?"

    over 1 year ago

    We acknowledge that this issue is not an easy one to vote on, and while the Municipality is providing all the information it can at this time, there are still many unknowns. There would be a significant investment required in terms of design to determine those unknowns. It is difficult to expend those funds without knowing the level of public support, certainly the chicken or the eggs situation. What I can say, that if the decision is to proceed with the project, there are still many steps to seeing it through to completion, and that with each step or decision to be made, the advantages and disadvantages (i.e. potential impacts) will be discussed and evaluated. Any potential impacts encountered, the Municipality will endeavor to eliminate or if need be mitigate those impacts to its residents. It is not our intent to solve a problem by creating another!

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    If a central water system was to be introduced to the Village of Chester where would the water be sourced from? The reason for my inquiry is in regards to concerns pertaining to how the water used may affect the well water supply of surrounding properties that would fall outside of the serviced area.

    Trevor Lucas asked over 1 year ago

    Although nothing has been decided at this stage, two options were identified so far: a surface water source (Spectacle Lake) and a groundwater source in Middle River. This is based on research from engineering firm CBCL.

    With regards to the concerns of impacts to surrounding properties, that is certainly a valid concern and is something that we plan to investigate once it is determined if we are proceeding with a central water system.

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    MODC should be showing leadership and do the right thing for the Village of Chester. We know good water is a basic right and many residents of the village do not have this. Why are we voting on something this basic that everyone needs and deserves. MODC should get on with it even if we start small and add on as time goes by. The residents have never been asked to vote on any large project taken on by MODC in the past. Michael Mulrooney

    Michael Mulrooney asked over 1 year ago

    Because constructing a central water system has serious financial implications to property owners in the Village, feedback is important before determining whether to proceed or not. Council is hoping to get that feedback through the poll.


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    Will the Warden & Council be at the table for the water information meetings Dec. 11 and Jan. 15? Michael Mulrooney

    Michael Mulrooney asked over 1 year ago

    These sessions are informational. The format is casual open house style for the first hour and question-answer for the last hour. While Councillors are invited to attend, it's expected that municipal staff will field questions.

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    Of the 531 students attending the Chester Area Schools (195 Middle School & 336 Elementary School) how many reside outside of the Village of Chester? Please break down the numbers by districts within the municipality.

    Darrell Tingley asked over 1 year ago

    We can only reiterate as the answer to this question is the same as the other similar to it.

    "We don't have access to those numbers as students' personal information is in the hands of the Province of Nova Scotia. Recognizing that you aren't asking for specific addresses, it's possible that the Department of Education might share it with you."

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    Of the 531 students (195 Middle School and 336 Elementary School) how many of these students reside within the Village of Chester?

    Darrell Tingley asked over 1 year ago

    We don't have access to those numbers as students' personal information is in the hands of the Province of Nova Scotia. Recognizing that you aren't asking for specific addresses, it's possible that the Department of Education might share it with you.

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    Please advise of the time and location of the December 5, 2018 public meeting on water for the Village of Chester.

    Darrell Tingley asked over 1 year ago

    Municipal Staff are working on securing a venue for the public meeting. We originally decided on December 5, but since discovered that it conflicted with another department. The date was noted as tentative in our timeline, but will change the description as a result and update it when we have confirmation on the venue. As soon as we hear back, we publish the meeting details so all are informed.

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    Does MODC have a reserve fund for water or any other infrastructure project for the Village or elsewhere in the Municipality?

    Darrell Tingley asked over 1 year ago

    The Municipality does not have a reserve fund set up for central water for the Village of Chester. We have reserves, totaling $11.9 million dollars, for various other existing municipal infrastructure, such as central sewer. Details of these reserves and infrastructure can be found in our audited financial statements. Specifically, on page 15, our tangible capital assets are listed. On page 17, third column, you can see our reserves.

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    As clean drinking water is a human right please advise of the MODC capital plan for potable water for the Village of Chester and elsewhere going forward?

    Darrell Tingley asked over 1 year ago

    The Municipality has included the proposed central water system for the Village of Chester in its 10-year capital plan since the 2017-2018 fiscal year, with $500,000 allocated in 2018-2019, $500,000 allocated in 2019-2020, $2,750,00 allocated in 2020-2021, and $2,750,000 allocated in 2021-2022. These funding allocations are based on previous reports and funding from other levels of government. The allocations are subject to change if we move forward with the project and a detailed design is completed.