TRURO - Approval has been granted by Colchester County Council for the preparation of a detailed design for the Granville Drive sewer project.
Council at its last meeting approved spending $175,000 (plus taxes) for the design and development of contract drawings and specifications aimed at updating an aging and ineffective sewage system on Granville Drive in Upper Onslow.
In the meantime, staff is preparing cost figures for the project to present to an upcoming capital budget meeting at council.
Once the detailed design and specifications are complete, the project can be initiated based on the budget, funding, phasing and timeline to be approved by council.
"We have to have this before we move forward if we are going to move forward," Mayor Bob Taylor said.
Council had initially planned to spend $450,000 to install a new private sewer line to service the 25 households on Granville Drive to replace the existing dysfunctional central sewer system, which dates to 1947. But after municipal staff met with Department of Environment officials, a number of issues were raised that made the proposed project less desirable from council's perspective, including that no new connections could be made to the system.
Council then turned its focus on designing a system that will be connected to the municipal sewer line.