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Nanaimo facing new deadline, renewed pressure from province over Colliery Dams

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Nanaimo City Council is going to try to decide today how to respond to an order from the province’s Dam Safety Section.

The province says the City has until May 1st to choose an option for the Colliery Dams, and the work has to be finished by October 15th.

The Colliery Dam Park Preservation Society’s Jeff Soloman says the Mayor and senior City staff should have acted to buy more time

Mayor Bill McKay, meanwhile, says the province is pretty clear on what it expects.

The two options the province says it wants the City to choose from are building a so-called labyrinth spillway, at a cost of a little over 8-million dollars, or adding an auxiliary spillway which would cost about half as much.

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