An Open House detailing the West Quesnel Land Stability Program has been scheduled for Thursday May 23 in the gymnasium at Voyageur Elementary School, 1337 Lark Avenue. The session will begin at 6 p.m., with City staff and engineering consultants on hand to speak with residents in a one-on-one setting. This will be followed by a formal presentation at 7 p.m., which will outline the work that is scheduled to take place this year as well as the results of the work completed in 2012.
“Finding a lasting solution to the West Quesnel Land Stability issue is a top priority of City Council, one we have dedicated a great deal of time and funding to,” said Mayor Mary Sjostrom. “On behalf of Council, I offer my sincere thanks to all the residents and property owners in the study area who have worked with us throughout the process to make this program a success.”
Councillor Mike Cave, Chair of the West Quesnel Land Stability Advisory Committee said “this Open House is yet another avenue that allows the City of Quesnel to reach out and let people know about the progress we’re making. I encourage people to attend the Open House, speak one-on-one with our engineers and learn more about the project.”
As part of an ongoing public information campaign, the City recently sent a newsletter to all residents and businesses within the City boundaries, as well as out-of-town property owners. The newsletter, sent at the beginning of May, highlighted the plans for this year and provided a brief look at the progress to date. It also encouraged all residents to attend the Open House as the project affects all Quesnel taxpayers.
The 2012 full-scale dewatering program was a $4.731 million project designed to help reduce land movement in the West Quesnel Land Stability study area. It saw the installation of 13 pumping wells in the study area and ten horizontal drain sites consisting of approximately 64 drains across the eastern toe of the valley slope.
Information about the West Quesnel Land Stability Program is found at www.quesnel.ca/WQLS.html
More than $3.154 million was provided by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia, through the Building Canada Fund-Communities Component program, part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan for this project. The City of Quesnel also contributed more than $1.557 million to pay for the full-scale dewatering program. In addition to the federal and provincial contributions, the City of Quesnel has invested more than $2.1 million on the West Quesnel Land Stability Program since 2000.