Lower Thornhill sewer now up and running

Thornhill has taken another step toward modernizing and advancing its appeal to investors with the $4.2 million sewer system online.

Kitimat-Stikine Regional District Area E (Thornhill) director Ted Ramsey at the Sept. 16 official opening of the latest phase of the community’s sewer system.

Thornhill has taken another step toward modernizing its community infrastructure and advancing its appeal to investors by bringing into service a $4.2 million sewer system.

The system covers the area from the Thornhill Creek Bridge on Queensway, up to Substation Road, all the way across to the Skeena Landing complex. It goes down the Thornhill Frontage Road past the just-opened Holiday Inn Express and Suites and across the highway as far as the Chevron station. Included is the Northern Motor Inn, Paquette and west side community-zone  properties.

They also built a lift station located near Kick Start Motors to collect sewage and then transport it to the Queensway system where it is then moved to a treatment facility, said Roger Tooms from the Kitimat Stikine regional district.

This addition follows Phase 1 of the community sewage system service to the Queensway and Churchill Drive neighbourhoods, starting when it was constructed back in 1995, he said.

Certain components of the first phase  system treatment and the main trunk line that goes through the Queensway system were oversized to accommodate the commercial core in subsequent phases, said Tooms.

This latest phase cost $4.2 million with $2.25 million coming from federal gas taxes that had been collected and are now being returned through a federal program.

The balance of the cost comes from property taxes in the sewer expansion area.

The federal money gave a boost to the project, which had been lacking financing before federal government began returning gas tax monies. Construction began after permits were secured in September 2015.

Phase 2 had its official opening on Sept. 16 with regional district elected officials, staff members and others on hand.