Black Pines water funding in place

From left, MLA Terry Lake, Mayor Peter Milobar, Area P Director Mel Rothenburger, MP Cathy McLeod and MLA Todd Stone.

From left, MLA Terry Lake, Mayor Peter Milobar, Area P Director Mel Rothenburger,
MP Cathy McLeod and MLA Todd Stone.

BLACK PINES — Joint federal-provincial funding towards construction of a new Black Pines water intake was announced today.

The funding comes via the Small Communities Fund for local infrastructure. The federal and provincial governments will each provide up to $448,333 for the new water intake, pending approval by local residents of their share.

Total estimated cost for the project is $1.345 million.

I attended the announcement at Kamloops City Hall and thanked MLAs Terry Lake and Todd Stone, and MP Cathy McLeod for their support of the funding application.

Mayor Peter Milobar also attended as an announcement was also made of federal-provincial funding of about $6 million toward cost of a $9 million emergency water intake.

The Black Pines intake has been problematic for several years. A petition earlier this year failed to gain the necessary support from among the 42 properties on the Black Pines system to build a new one.

With this funding from senior governments now in place, we’ll need to continue dialogue with residents and consider another public assent process. That will involve a meeting of residents so the TNRD can provide an updated overview of the situation.

Property owners in the Black Pines system would be responsible for the remaining third of the cost, which would be obtained through borrowing.

Kinder Morgan has pledged $150,000 toward the local share if its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is approved by the National Energy Board.

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