The breach in the lagoon should be fixed later this year, now that funding has been received from Emergency Management B.C.
The Village of Harrison is responsible for 20 per cent of the repair costs, which will include the lagoon breakwater fix and the waste water treatment plant road restoration. With a total cost of $300,000, the Village’s portion will be $20,000.
When questioned why it’s taken so long to repair the lagoon, which was breached during a high water episode in June 2012, the mayor said the Village chose to wait for funding to help with the cost.
“We applied for a grant for the work to be done,” Mayor Leo Facio said. “Do we take it from the Village or wait for a grant?”
The money was allotted through the Disaster Financial Assistance program through EMBC.
Council voted unanimously for the project to go ahead.
At the Mar. 4 council meeting, Harrison Hot Springs Mayor Leo Facio acknowledged the recent passing of two long time residents, Paul Inkman and Sheila Perry.
He recalled a few memories of each of them, including watching Inkman’s father drive the Village’s 1948 fire pump truck through town.
Perry was the wife of former village councillor, Bob Perry.
“We never forget,” Facio said. “Time goes on but the memory is always there.”
Council approved street closures and facility use for the duration of the Harrison Festival of the Arts, which will run July 6 to 14 this year. The closure helps facilitate Children’s Day, on July 10, and includes the closure of Maple Street between Esplanade and Lillooet, and includes the use of the plaza, Memorial Hall and the foreshore area.
Council voted all in favour.