Callander wants to grow

Seeks provincial OK on sewage capacity

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Based on the results of a study of its sewage system, Callander is seeking provincial approval to green light some new development.

Mayor Hec Lavinge says development in the serviced area of the community has been at a standstill due to a longstanding sewage capacity issue.

But, he says a recently-completed study prepared for the municipality by a consultant suggests that – with some repairs to the system – there may be room for new development.

Callander’s sewage lagoons have for years been operating at 80 per cent capacity or more, limiting the potential for growth in the community.

Expansion and new aeration equipment are estimated to cost millions of dollars and the municipality has in the past done dredging and explored new technology, but to little avail.

Lavinge, however, says the study, which involved metering in various areas of the system, produced some encouraging results, indicating the municipality could service an additional 259 hook-ups.

Although the Environment Ministry believes the findings to be more theoretical than practical, the mayor says he has asked that Callander be approved for a portion of that added capacity in order to facilitate some limited development.

He says there are at least four projects in the queue, including potential plans by the municipality involving a new library and the development of several acres of waterfront property.

Lavinge says his request to the ministry was made with the provision that the municipality fix infiltration issues that were identified through the study. They include cracks and leaks in sewer pipes and improper connections, he says, noting the municipality has applied for significant funding to help address those issues.

“Callander is in a great position to grow. But, we want controlled growth,” says Lavigne, noting the municipality isn’t seeking approval for large-scale expansion.

He says much of the demand for new development is residential, noting the community is a great place to raise children and is attractive to families.

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