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almost 270 per cent more,” Comeault said. In 2007, the residents of Lamadeleine Boulevard initiated a process to have amu- nicipal sewer line installed on the street. Since themid-1980s, these homes have had individual septic systems and the owners were concerned about the life spans of their systems. In 2016, the council approved the sanitary sewer construction project to serve the 25 residential units on Lamadeleine Boule- vard. The majority of the project estimated at $566,082 will be passed on to the owners, representing just over $21,500 per residence. According to residents, since the begin- ning of the process, they have received various cost projections and reasons for delay, all of which led many to feel that the municipality has failed them. As a result, the residents say they are now sked to pay

A group of upset Embrun residents appea- red before Russell Township council Mon- day night tomake their case against paying additional monies in order to connect to municipal sewer lines. Following heated discussions fromboth sides, the residents of Lamadeleine Boulevard have accepted the amount they will have to contribute for the project’s completion. Guy Comeault, who represented the dele- gation, stated that when the project was ini- tiated, they were willing to pay some $10,000 to get connected. However, delays encoun- teredmeaning higher costs are a “pretty big pill to swallow” for residents. “The numbers are really boosted up,

Des résidents du boulevard Lamadeleine à Embrun devront se résigner à payer au-delà de 21 000 $ pour raccorder leur résidence aux égoûts de la municipalité. Près d’une dizaine de résidents, dont Guy Comeault, ont fait valoir leur point de vue auxmembres du conseil lundi, pour dénoncer les coûts éventuels du projet et la façon dont le projet a été géré. —photo Vicky Charbonneau

higher costs through no fault of their own, but because of what they claim is mishan- dling of the project by the municipality. The proposed recommendation from Comeault and other neighbourhood resi- dents is that the township assume responsi- bility for payment of road paving and of the required sewage pump, and that the residents would contribute to payment of the rest of the project, calculated at $15,000 per affected household. “Fifteen thousand is more palatable,” said Comeault, “and we can accept that, we can swallow that.” They also requested consideration for “all applicable funding” in order to lessen the impact on the amount payable by residents. Comeault asked that the residences have “timely and transparent access” to infor- mation concerning the project, including engineering studies and reports. Municipality’s perspective Executive Director of Infrastructure Ser- vices Craig Cullen stated that the original 2007 estimate was meant for discussion purposes only. This amount was not sup- ported by independent studies or reports. Cullen stated that “due diligence” was an overriding factor leading to long-termdelays of the project due to the accommodation levels of the existing sewage lagoon. He pres- ented phase one of the growthmanagement plan to help council make its decision. The document also provided residents with capi- tal cost estimates for future areas that are unserviced at this time. Themunicipality will soon call for tenders for the project. Following approval of the environmental study, construction is expec- ted to begin this summer and residents may havemunicipal sewer service by November.



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