Fernie will be without a municipal sani-dump for a while yet, with the city’s plans for a temporary location set back by budget overruns.
The city had identified a lot owned by the city on 13th St near the public works yard as a suitable temporary location.
According to the city’s Chief Administrative Officer Michael Boronowski, the temporary sani-dump work was bundled together with a larger grant-funded parking lot paving project which came back from tender “far over budget”, prompting the city to re-tender it as a separate project.
He added that the city had no timeline for the project to be approved and works to commence.
“We have unfortunately missed the mark in terms of timeline,” he said, adding that cost overruns was a trend across sectors requiring projects be re-thought.
The city’s existing sani-dump has been decommissioned, and has not been open since the end of the camping season in 2021.
In the July 11 City of Fernie council meeting, councillor Phil Iddon expressed disappointment in the lack of progress.
“It’s really unfortunate that we’re well over halfway through camping season for a lot of people, and we haven’t made any progress.”
Efforts to secure a permanent replacement for the Fernie sani-dump have not progressed , with Boronowski reporting on July 11 that because the city had no suitable lands along the Hwy 3 corridor in town, and discussions with the Regional District had not yielded any solutions.
“Once we have our interim solution set up, we’ll start to pursue long-term solutions,” he said.
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