“I hear that your sinkhole has been fixed,” I’ve heard on more than one occasion recently.
“My” sinkhole is the one on Seawatch Lane at the end of Gale Avenue North in Sechelt. Sadly, I put these queries straight by clarifying that the “sinkhole fixed” article in the Aug. 9 edition of Coast Reporter was referring to a sinkhole in downtown Sechelt. That sinkhole was, of course, attended to within days of its appearance.
“My” sinkhole, on the other hand, still sits unrepaired after well over a year of its occurrence and hundreds of thousands of dollars spent in legal fees and geotechnical studies.
Most people don’t even know about the Seawatch development, much less care. But the true crux of the matter is that yet another in a series of agreements (aka contractual obligations) between the District of Sechelt and Concordia Seawatch is set to expire in less than one month and there is not one shred of evidence that the sinkhole will be fixed by the Sept. 21 deadline.
There is something fundamentally wrong when the infrastructure in a development that is barely six years old is already crumbling and there is no proper oversight or resources to repair something that should never have been broken had all the checks and balances been properly attended to in the first place.
I very much wish to love where I live and to see the community thrive. However, one more year of lame promises until another “dry season” comes around just isn’t going to cut it.
If the District’s priorities don’t lie with abiding by their own bylaws, governance processes and general accountability to its public to get the job done, where exactly do they lie?
Licia Paddison, Sechelt