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Nanaimo Council votes to appeal DSS order and put forward a 3rd option for dams

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It looks like the standoff between the City of Nanaimo and the province’s Dam Safety Section will continue.

The majority of Councillors have backed a motion to appeal the DSS order to choose between two ideas for remediating the dams by May 1st, and instead offer up a different solution.

Councillor Jim Kipp presented a proposal from a company called GSI Engineering, to essentially reinforce the edges of the lower dam and raise the spillway.

Councillor Bill Bestwick says it’s worth a shot


Kipp says the GSI solution would save millions, but City Manager Ted Swabey warned Councillors that appealing the Dam Safety Section’s order could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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