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Colliery Dams up for debate again

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Nanaimo City Council’s running out of time if they hope to meet a deadline imposed by the province. They’ve been given until March 27 to decide what to do about the Colliery Dams.

Mayor Bill McKay says that’s why the dams are on the agenda again tonight. With their March 23rd meeting cancelled, this is the only chance to discuss the issue.

McKay says whether or not they reach a decision tonight is one thing, but showing that they’re actually addressing the issue is quite another.

Staff are recommending Council choose between building a new spillway, a so-called labyrinth spillway or reinforcing the tops of the dams.

There has only been one meeting with stakeholders since Council voted for more consultation at the beginning of February. One of the groups the City has promised to consult with, the Colliery Dam Park Preservation Society, says they think there’s still time to come up with a plan that all parties can endorse.

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