PASADENA As it happens, Tipping Drive residents were approaching the wrong level of government in their bid for a municipal water hookup with Pasadena.
The town held an in-camera meeting with the residents earlier this week after they asked Pasadena Council to investigate the possibility of a municipal water hookup, which the area has never had, having to rely on wells that can freeze in winter. They were told that because Tipping Drive is technically owned by the province, their next stop should be right to their local MHA’s doorstep.
The town has investigated the potential project and Mayor Otto Goulding said it would cost an estimated $1 million for the area according to a preliminary assessment; something he said most small towns could not afford these days anyway without some kind of provincial grant or loan.
“We would be willing to take the area over if the provincial government brought it up to municipal standards, which would include water (service),” said Goulding. “But because the road is not owned by us, that means any capital funding we would need, we would not be eligible for and we would have to cover the total cost.”
Goulding said the town has looked into the Tipping Drive area before, and there is a letter on file sent last year before the local residents started asking for information that was sent to the province.
“This has been on our radar, but we do appreciate the fact that they came to us,” he said. “This gives us more force to go to the province about it because we do want to provide adequate drinking water for the area.”
The group’s spokesperson Helena Pittman said she wasn’t surprised by the meeting’s results, or lack thereof.
“The town’s hands are tied with what they can do for us but they’re still looking and still trying to do something for us,” she said. “Right now we’ll lobby our MHA to see what he can do to help us.”
A spokesperson for Humber MHA Dwight Ball’s office said they would be meeting with Pasadena residents in the next few weeks and the issue will most likely be discussed.
Pittman said the smooth operation of wells, which is predominant on the road, is subject to weather woes. They freeze in winter and see their levels drop in summer.
Tipping Drive was once an area made up entirely of seasonal cabins, and as owners purchased the land they either renovated or replaced the structures over the years, relying on water wells and septic systems. Pasadena does provide services to the area, such as snow clearing and garbage pickup.