Work is underway on a sewer upgrade for Mesachie Lake residents. (David Lowther photo)

Sometimes our tax dollars are well spent by governments

The inhabitants of Mesachie Lake have long heard rumours of a sewer upgrade.

Sometimes our tax dollars are well spent by governments

The inhabitants of Mesachie Lake have long heard rumours of a sewer upgrade. Regardless how one feels about the issue it has been discussed for years, and more recently there have been public meetings, actual proposals and an increase in taxes for affected properties. Still, when the surveyors came through in early September those of us accustomed to the often glacial pace of bureaucracy seemed to feel that actual construction was something in the distant future.

These cynics, myself among them, were startled to discover a crew from Stone Pacific on Bear Lake Road this Monday, excavating a ditch to install the new high pressure conduit that will connect their homes to the new system. By the end of the first week they will have completed the work from the boat launch to the Community Center.

As the owner of two of the properties on this street I have had the opportunity to watch the crew at work and admire the efficient way they have gone about it. I dreaded the noise and inconvenience, assuming it would last some time, but the crew has been courteous, co-operative with residents and impressively quick. It is always a pleasure to watch other people work, but these people are really good at their jobs.

We do live in a time of almost constant elections, and most of what we hear about government is negative. I have often felt this is because elections are always many voices (even the incumbents!) finding fault and the few positive statements often appear self serving. This tends to create an atmosphere where we citizens feel the government does nothing right, and perhaps the valuable work going on in Mesachie Lake should serve to remind us that sometimes our tax dollars are well spent.

David Lowther

Mesachie Lake

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