A public meeting is planned Monday to discuss a proposed sewage lagoon north of Prince Albert to replace the failing one in the North Bay Trailer Park.
The Rural Municipality of Buckland scheduled a public meeting for Monday afternoon to provide information to local residents. The R.M. received an application to construct a new sewage lagoon approximately two miles west of Highway 2, along Red Wing Road, to replace the North Bay Trailer Park lagoon. The roughly 200 residents of the trailer park are facing eviction due to the failing lagoon structure. If a plan for a new lagoon cannot be decided before September 1, the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency said work will begin to decommission the old structure, meaning all residents of the park will be forced to move.
The WSA’s Patrick Boyle said the aging lagoon, which was built in 1969, is not functioning adequately and something must be done soon.
“The current one right now is not to our standard, to our guidelines, and hasn’t been for some time and it is in need of a different solution,” Boyle told paNOW. “Something has to be done with that..”
Don Fyrk, Reeve of the R.M. of Buckland, said Monday’s meeting will be a chance for area residents to learn more about the proposed lagoon and voice any concerns they have. Fyrk said he’s expecting the meeting will attract a large number of residents.
“It looks like it’s feasible, so it’s just an open house to get feedback from the residents,” Fyrk told paNOW.
Fyrk said he doesn’t have any concerns about the proposed new lagoon in the R.M.
“I’m only about a half a mile from the old lagoon, and you never smell it," he said, "You don’t even know it’s there."
Rachel Kobelsky, who lives near the proposed site, said she and a number of other residents in the area have questions about the proposed project, and she’s planning to attend the meeting on Monday.
“Nobody really knows enough to speak publicly until we sit in on this meeting on Monday,” she said.
The park’s owner, James Wankel, could not be reached for comment on the application to the R.M. or the proposed new lagoon.
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