Letters: Forensic evaluation needed

Investment for evaluation of sewer agreement would be worth it

The accounting figures and explanations of the costs of the sewer system shared with us in last week’s Sooke News Mirror demonstrate clearly the need to undertake a thorough forensic evaluation of the waste water management system including an accounting, technical and business evaluation. This analysis would reconcile the apparent confusion in the accounting figures; explain why the costs of the system have increased substantially; identify the technical capacity, limitations, risks and potential of the system; and reveal the business assumptions that justified the system, what has changed and what are the realistic business assumptions going forward.

This analysis would provide a sound basis for determining the usage fees necessary to sustain and develop the system and put in place the necessary accounting procedures and evaluation criteria that will avoid confusion and conflict in the future.

This also raises the more important question of the need to evaluate the alternatives to contracting out the management of our waste water system operations and maintenance. Two alternatives are to manage the system directly as a division of the municipal government or create a community owned cooperative to manage the system. There are definite economic benefits to these alternatives including at least keeping the $100,000 annual management fee that is now being paid to EPCOR, in the local community. Yes, we are at the beginning of a five-year contract with EPCOR but given the current challenges facing the system it would be worthwhile to look at this now, determine the cost/benefits and consult with EPCOR regarding the best way to go forward for the benefit of the community and to fairly deal with EPCOR.

We need to know where we came from, where we are at and where we need to go. This evaluation and alternative analysis would address this need. It would cost money, but it is worth the investment given the millions of dollars that will be spent on this system over the coming years.

Don Brown

Sooke

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen, all 20, drown in the Sooke River in February 2020. (Contributed photos)
Coroner’s report confirms cause of death of three men at Sooke River in 2020

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen drown while ‘puddle-jumping’ in pickup truck

The Pacheedaht First Nation is planning a $1-million expansion to its campground in Port Renfrew. (Pixabay photo)
Expanded camping announced for Pacheedaht Campground

$1-million project is part of the B.C. Rural Economic Recovery program

Don Devenney is a Goldstream Gazette 2021 Local Hero as Community Builder of the year. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
West Shore volunteer’s efforts an exercise in adventurous pursuits

Don Devenney is the 2021 recipient of the Community Builder Award

Sergeant Francis Dion with the box containing HMCS Calgary’s new secret mascot costume. (HMCSNCSMCalgary/Facebook)
A wind warning is in effect for Greater Victoria Thursday afternoon. (Black Press Media file photo)
Strong winds predicted for Greater Victoria

Environment Canada issues warning for Thursday afternoon

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
B.C. reports 10 additional deaths, 395 new COVID-19 cases

The majority of new coronavirus infections were in the Fraser Health region

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Feb. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

(Black Press Media File Photo)
POLL: Are you struggling with Greater Victoria’s cost of housing?

While Victoria remains one of the most expensive cities in the country… Continue reading

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is preparing a rapid response team proposal for submission to the B.C. Ministry of Education. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district chosen as COVID-19 rapid response team

Team to consist of SD68 and Island Health staff, according to B.C. Ministry of Education

A new survey has found that virtual visits are British Columbian’s preferred way to see the doctor amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Unsplash)
Majority of British Columbians now prefer routine virtual doctor’s visits: study

More than 82% feel virtual health options reduce wait times, 64% think they lead to better health

Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)
Shuswap SPCA seeks forever home for inseparable Akbash dogs

A fundraiser to help medical expenses for Captain and Maria earned over 10 times its goal

The missing camper heard a GSAR helicopter, and ran from his tree well waving his arms. File photo
Man trapped on Manning mountain did nearly everything right to survive: SAR

The winter experienced camper was overwhelmed by snow conditions

Castlegar doctor Megan Taylor contracted COVID-19 in November. This photo was taken before the pandemic. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay doctor shares experience contracting COVID-19

Castlegar doctor shares her COVID experience

Ashley Paxman, 29, is in the ICU after being struck by a vehicle along Highway 97 Feb. 18, 2021. She remains in critical condition. (GoFundMe)
Okanagan woman in ICU with broken bones in face after being struck by car

She remains in serious condition following Feb. 18 incident

Most Read