Masset wants help with debris

  • May. 16, 2012 7:00 p.m.

Masset council will be asking for assistance from the province in handling the tsunami debris.Councillor Barry Pages made the motion to send a letter to the province. “I think that it’s time to ask the province for support, or planning, around the tsunami debris we know is coming,” he said at Monday’s council meeting, “it’s going to be a big impact for the us and there’s really no planning on how it’s going to be dealt with.””When the tsunami hit Indonesia, the province came forward with funding for most of the communities on the coast to come up with tsunami evacuation plans and this needs some resources thrown at it too,” he said, “because from all indications and projections the debris pile is bigger than the Province of British Columbia.””They don’t seem ready to throw money at it,” said Councillor Natanis Hageman, “but they’re going to have to.”Mayor Andrew Merrilees agreed and said that the Ministry of the Environment has established a committee but it has not made contact with the community. “A letter would go a long way to getting that group contact the council, or the municipalities,” said Mayor Merrilees.Councillor Pages will also be taking the issue to the regional district for discussion.