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M.D. finding greater drainage compliance

Posted on February 20, 2015 by Vauxhall Advance

By J.W. Schnarr
Vauxhall Advance

The Municipal District of Taber is finding success with local residents getting their drainage applications in compliance.
That was the news from Director of Planning and Infrastructure Jack Dunsmore doing council’s regular meeting on Jan. 27 as part of a staff update.

“The non-compliants are now working, and trying to get into compliance,” said Dunsmore.
“It seems to be working well.”

Dunsmore said he has been working with local residents and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development with regards to both above and below ground drainage approvals. His main focus has been to get residents to understand why they need approvals as well as assisting them in getting the approvals they need, as well as getting non-compliant residents into compliance without resorting to enforcement.

He noted AESRD has been very cooperative and the work has begun to pay off.

“People can understand the process and why it’s important,” said Brewin.

“I think it’s important they hear it from the horse’s mouth,” replied Dunsmore. “And not be the other end. It seems to work better. Our meeting in Edmonton have definitely helped us with regards to the local regional staff. They have a little more leeway and freedom to do their work.”

Dunsmore said there have been discussions about holding a workshop involving representatives from Alberta Environment in order to help inform residents about how the approval process works and why it’s important that everyone is on board when it comes to their drainage issues, adding the province is willing to spend time working with local landowners.

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