The City and the Big Eddy Water Board are urging property owners in that community to complete the petitions that will dissolve the board, establish a new local-area service for water distribution and allow the City to rebuild its water system.
The petitions were delivered to all 306 property owners in the Big Eddy last month. The City has successfully acquired $3.9 million in federal and provincial funding and is borrowing the $1.9 million it needs for the project. However, the project cannot go forward unless at least 50 per cent of the local property owners representing at least 50 per cent of the assessed land value approve the project. That proportion also applies to land that has multiple owners as in trailer parks and land covered by strata agreements. Property owners who do not approve of this project must say so in writing.
If that 50 per cent threshold is not met, the $3.9 million in funding will go to another community. Property owners have until 4:30 pm on February 5 to get their petitions to City Hall.
A list of questions and answers from the businesses and residents of Big Eddy has been compiled and is being mailed out to property owners. The City website’s front page lists all the communications for Big Eddy landowners under the News Flash section.
Big Eddy landowners are encouraged to go to City Hall or call 250-837-2911 with any questions pertaining to their petitions, staff are available from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm to answer or find answers to all their questions.