Money should be spent where it’s needed most

District of Kent receives backlash for planned upgrade to Hammersley Pump

District of Kent tax payers should be concerned about a possible $5-$15milion spent on upgrading the old pumps and flood box at the foot of Mt. Woodside (Hammersley Pump Station).

Our old pumps are operating below their potential, with the record rainfall in June, and the flooding threat of the Fraser River this year. This then is proof that an upgrade is not necessary, even though some will claim that they need to be replaced because they’re old. However, the age of the pumps is not necessarily the issue, but the amount of hours they have run and the condition they’re in should be considered.

I believe that our elected officials should spend our dollars carefully, only on things that we need, perhaps such as a new pump station at Hamilton Road to alleviate some of the existing risk of flooding to homes (crawlspaces & basements), businesses, municipal and federal infrastructure in this town.

John Wouda

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