(The Shoreline; Vol. 32 No. 26 - Sept. 11 2019)
Almost a month after a malfunction at a lift station on the corner of St. Thomas Line and Topsail Road, there is a still no timeline for when residents can expect a permanent fix.
Last week, Mayor Dan Bobbett confirmed that following the installation of external equipment, pumper trucks, which had been running 24/7 to pump sewage out of the lift station, would no longer be required, and would instead be put on standby for occasional use.
This has significantly impacted the financial cost of the operation.
While the operation was costing taxpayers $50,000 a day when the pumper trucks where in full use, a Town of Paradise representative told The Shoreline Tuesday that the cost of the rental of the external equipment is down now to about $19,000 a month.
The Town is putting off the release of the total price tag until the final, exact cost is known.
It is not yet known whether the province will aid the municipality or not; an initial request to the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment back in August turned up dry, but Mayor Dan Bobbett told reporters last week he was hopeful that an arrangement might yet be made.
Bobbett has since met with the new Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, Perry Trimper, to bring him up to date on the situation and discuss potential support.
Meanwhile, council remains in discussions with a resident at 3 St. Thomas Line whose property was sprayed with sewage from the lift station on Aug. 28, and will speak publicly to the matter once it is resolved. A Town spokesperson said council is following “a process” in its consideration of the resident’s request that it buy his property and help him find a new home.