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
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.