By Trevor Busch
Neighbouring residents of Taber Christian School (TCS) have lobbied the town to rectify drainage issues in the area before further planned additions to the school are completed.
Local resident Roger Miles, heading a delegation referring to itself as the Taber Christian School Neighbours at town council’s May 8 regular meeting, detailed the group’s concerns.
“We were concerned with the drainage, as the building actually drains directly into the lane, and we’ve had problems there in the past. I understand that the town was going to look into some surveying and plans. The other concerns, I think were dealt with at the meeting. That was the main concern.”
TCS was built in 1990, has gone through one addition in 2013, and is proposing another addition. According to administration, the previous addition had been completed under a now-rescinded Land-Use Bylaw which did not require waivers or any notice to neighbours.
Following a notice of the new addition being presented to citizens who own neighbouring properties, the town’s planning department received calls of concern regarding the planned addition to the school.
Administration facilitated a meeting with concerned neighbours, TCS principal Klaas Hoekstra, as well as a representative from Venture Holdings (the designer/builder of the proposed addition) on April 28.
The group requested town council consider updating the storm drainage in the easterly alleyway beside TCS, as there have been drainage issues in past years will pooling water in the alleyway and neighbours are concerned about future storm water running onto their properties due to further intensification of the school site.
Following discussion, town council voted unanimously to support the Taber Christian School Neighbours request to update the storm drainage in the easterly alleyway beside Taber Christian School, and directed administration review storm services in the area to determine the best way to mitigate the problem.