Lantzville's mayor wonders when the City of Nanaimo plans to follow through on its side of a water-sharing agreement signed nearly five months ago.
Terms of the agreement were finalized in June and Nanaimo council was directed to start negotiations, but the District of Lantzville has yet to see anything on paper.
Under the agreement, Lantzville - which is currently using a groundwater system - will have access to Nanaimo's water system. District of Lantzville mayor Jack De Jong said he wants to formalize the agreement and present it to the community but still hasn't seen any legal documentation.
"It's a little bit like buying a house, where you make an offer but the person selling the house isn't responding," he said.
"There are some people (in Lantzville) that have boron in their water, and of course our community is completely constrained of any growth at all because we have no water. We're not contributing to the overall economic development of the greater Nanaimo region."
De Jong said, as part of negotiations, Lantzville has agreed to contribute thousands of dollars to Nanaimo's economy, including a large sum to Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation.
He said Lantzville has already contributed some of the agreed money, and thinks now is the time for Nanaimo to start moving its side of the agreement along.
"Because of the significant amount of work they've had with the Colliery Dams, I think our file kind of slipped to the bottom of the pile," he said. "There's a lot of work to be done, and that's the other concern I have. It may take two years."
Nanaimo mayor John Ruttan did not respond by press time.
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