Saturday, January 24, 2015

Colliery Dam Update January 26/15

Recommended Swale To Cost 
$3,000,000.00 - $5,000,000.00

City Council will be considering the latest recommendation from city staff in the ongoing Colliery Dam Saga which to date has burned through over 2.5 million tax dollars which always seems to raise more questions than it answers. 

At one time the 'officials' were telling us that unless we put out up to $30 million as many as 150 people could die and countless property damage in Harewood would result. A million or so later, it turns out that was all simply not true. Latest studies indicate there could be the loss of less than one life and perhaps $2 million in property damage if the dam should fail as the result of an over-topping event. To date it has not been proven the dam would fail in this scenario either.

Nevertheless, we must completely suspend logic as city staff once again is convinced we have to spend up to $5 million to mitigate against a potential $2 million loss resulting from an unproven failure scenario.


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