City hall is spending over $2 million to build a new wastewater lift station in Wellesley Park, but the construction zone is leaving some area residents frustrated with the mess.
Coun. Dawn Luhning inquired during the May 9 regular council meeting about how long it would take to complete the project. Residents have complained to her about the eyesore in that area and “dirt all over the place.” She wanted to know when the site would be cleaned up and returned to its previous condition.
“… it’s quite a mess on the roads,” she added.
The new lift station building is complete and is being put through the paces for commissioning, said Bevan Harlton, director of engineering. The project’s final step will be to demolish the old wastewater building.
“I haven’t heard of anything unique or unusual about the messes, but we’ll clean up the site before we finish commissioning,” he added.
This is a concern because the debris affects the nearby park and makes it “quite unaesthetically pleasing,” said Luhning. Residents hope that the area returns to being “an aesthetically pleasing place to live” because it’s a messy construction site.
“We’ll get out there soon and see if we can do it quicker,” promised city manager Jim Puffalt.
The Moose Jaw Express visited the work zone to take pictures of the site. A resident who lives near the site was out for a walk and stopped to talk about her frustrations with the project.
The project had occurred for almost a year, which she thought was too long. She noted that a vac-truck comes three times a day and runs for an hour, which is loud and annoying. She also thought the work crews were using the site to store all of their equipment, making it a bigger eyesore.
“I’m really fed up with it,” she said, balling her fists in anger, before turning and continuing on her walk.
The next regular council meeting is Tuesday, May 24.