The city believes further communication will clear up the outstanding issues with the residents potentially affected by the CPR dam replacement.
“I think we’ll need to have further communications certainly. I think part of the concern is that the residents aren’t clear on what the process has been to date,” said city clerk-solicitor Myron Gulka-Tiechko. “We will simply continue communications with the residents, but there’s no time limit I guess for how long this might take.”
The city is looking at replacing the century-old dam. In accordance with the regulatory requirements, the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority has stated the city needs to get a licence. In order to do that, the authority said the city needs the agreement of 100 per cent of the landowners to get land control.
“If there’s any possibility that there might be flooding on someone’s land, we either have to, as a municipality, buy that land or get the agreement of the owners of the land that they will consent to their land being flooded from time to time,” said Gulka-Tiechko. “That would be in the form of an easement which would be registered against their land.”
He said a meeting was held between the city and the affected residents on Wednesday night to explain the background information to the residents to reach an agreement.
For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.