Mayor Ivan Court says he expects rate negotiations with a handful of major industrial water users will be resolved by year's end. But Deputy Mayor Stephen Chase says in the meantime, the unresolved issue is hurting the city's chances for getting provincial and federal funding for clean drinking water projects. Court says he disagrees.
The city manager has been asked to report back to common council in early June with some recommendations or agreements for resolving the industrial water rates. Consultant Touchie Engineering said last year that Irving Oil is due for a rate increase of 57.7 per cent, while Irving Pulp and Paper should pay 24.3 per cent more this year.