The District of Kent is going ahead with purchasing a new pump to aid with flood mitigation, particularly in the Kilby area. (File Photo)

The District of Kent is going ahead with purchasing a new pump to aid with flood mitigation, particularly in the Kilby area. (File Photo)

District of Kent Council greenlights pump purchase

New pump will help with flood mitigation

The District of Kent Council is striking while the iron is hot when it comes to preparing for freshet season.

The Council unanimously approved purchasing a portable pump for $22,000 to support pumping in the Kilby Ditch during freshet season and to reinforce other flood mitigation efforts throughout the district.

According to a report from director of engineering services Marty Rankin, prior to this purchase, the district would rent out a portable trailer pump for six weeks every year to support the Kilby ditch, costing about $10,000 per year, which would be reimbursed by the province. Rankin’s report indicates that in light of flooding issues in recent years, it would be prudent to get a pump as soon as possible as it’s becoming less an occasional emergency tool and more of an often-used structural necessity.

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Council approved up to $35,000 to be spent to acquire a portable pump.

In other council business:

– Mayor Sylvia Pranger declared May 15 to 21 Local Government Awareness Week. According to a letter from the Union of B.C. Municipalities, the week is an initiative aimed at spreading public awareness about local government roles and responsibilities as well as encouraging civic engagement.

– Pranger has been elected chair of the Fraser Valley Regional Hospital Board. She takes the place of Terry Raymond, a long-time advocate for health care in rural B.C., who passed away in early April.

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The next regular District of Kent Council meeting is scheduled for March. 14 at 7 p.m. at Municipal Hall. Online attendance is also available via Microsoft Teams; those interested can register through kentbc.ca.

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