Tipping Drive residents want Pasadena water hookup

Paul Hutchings
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Helena Pittman of Tipping Drive in Pasadena is part of a committee that hopes to convince Pasadena council to provide town water service to the residents of her road.

PASADENA — Tipping Drive residents have petitioned Pasadena council to hook their homes up to the town’s public water system.

The area just east of Pasadena along Deer Lake was once known as a cabin area, and a lot of residents purchased the individual land parcels over the years and either improved or replaced the respective cabins. However, those residents remained on water well systems and Helena Pittman, spokesperson for the newly formed Tipping Drive Committee, said since those homeowners pay as much or more in residential taxes as other Pasadena homeowners, Tipping Drive residents should be hooked into the town’s waterline.

Pittman said some wells can freeze up in winter and other problems arise in summer such as low water levels. She said she and her neighbours hope the town’s plans for a marina nearby might help make it easier to offer water service to the area.

“Our question has always been, why do we pay so much in taxes here and we get nothing other than garbage pickup?” said Pittman. “Go into town, they have water, sewer, paved roads, sidewalks and they pay the same amount or less.”

She said the support for a potential water hookup project is widespread among her neighbours, even though they recognize that it could result in an increase in residential taxes to pay for it.

“Everyone wants this, we’re willing to pay for it,” she said. “We all have our own personal stories with water freezing up or other issues ... and we’d like to see something done about it.”

Mayor Otto Goulding could not say whether taxes would increase and planning was still in the preliminary stage. He said the town’s works and planning committee is examining the situation and they will have a meeting with local representatives in the coming weeks.

“We’re getting to that now, it’s on the fast track right now,” he said. “The technology is there to do it, it’s the cost we need to know and once we get that we’ll discuss it further.”

Goulding said he understood the Tipping Drive residents’ point of view and promised council would do whatever it could. Pittman said so far council has done a good job of listening to her group’s concerns and she hopes to hear something positive when they meet in the near future.

Organizations: Pasadena council, Tipping Drive Committee

Geographic location: Pasadena, Deer Lake

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