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by Doug Harvey
Wastewater Treatment Plant And Tourism Office Grand Opening

Monday, June 25, 2018 - The Municipality of Central Elgin held a grand opening of it's new Pumping Station 52 Tourism Office at the corner of Carlow Road and Bridge Street and Waste Water Treatment facility located on Scotch Line. To help celebrate the occasion local Member of Parliament Karen Vecchio, Member of Provincial Parliament Jeff Yurek, Central Elgin Council and staff, Elgin County Tourism staff, Stantec engineers for the project, and HIRA construction managers for the project were on hand to take a tour of both new facilities.

MP Karen Vecchio commented that she was pleased that Central Elgin planned for the future providing enough capacity to allow Central Elgin to continue to grow and thanked all the people involved in making this project possible.

MPP Jeff Yurek also commented "I want to congratulate the Municipality on this investment. It's one of those needed infrastructure projects for the community to grow that the general public doesn't see the bells and whistles on. It something that will definitely encourage growth. Congratulations on this key investment."

Mayor David Marr commented "This was a major decision by Council, we certainly had good discussions about it, and we are quite pleased that we moved forward because it does look after us well into the future." He also spoke about rush in applying for the $19,000,000 loan, how they only had 10 minutes to sign and fax it back or would not get the loan. "In the end we have a great great facility." Later he commented "Really our existing system was okay to handle what we had, but it's when you have the lagoon type system and get excessive precipitation whether it's rain, or snow in the winter time is when you run into potential issues. We were at that point where if we did get large amounts of precipitation, we would have had issues even though we had a licence to operate well within those guidelines. We now have a facility that will work year round. There are two lagoons that will be decommissioned and we will be turning those into wetlands to enhance the environment."

The new Wastewater Treatment Plant provides over double the capacity that was available before in a more efficient and reliable state-of-art facility with even more space available to grow. Pumping Station 52 was also designed to have increased indoor space to provide for a tourism office and much needed public washrooms in the downtown area of Port Stanley.

Last Updated: Monday, 25 June 2018 13:57:54 PM EST

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