If approved by the Capital Regional District (CRD) Board and their Environmental Services Committee, Sooke mayor Maja Tait along with other CRD Directors, staff and consultants will travel to Europe on a sewer study tour.
This tour will support the selection process for the right proponent, to be responsible for the design/engineering, construction and operation of a Integrated Resource Management (IRM) facility.
From the CRD website: Integrated Resource Management (IRM) is a process that promotes integrated management of solid and liquid waste residuals to maximize resource recovery through combined processing of some, or all of these materials. The Capital Regional District (CRD) is taking a proactive IRM approach to explore the market interest in beneficially using locally available solid waste and liquid waste residual materials as feedstock for an IRM facility.
The IRM Facility Tour will gather key information to be used to support development of the Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) for advanced IRM solutions for the CRD. It will also help them qualify the proponent team.
Sooke mayor Maja Tait is the Chair of the IRM Advisory Committee; as its Chair, she will be on the study tour, along with other CRD directors, staff and consultants. Added: As a point of clarification, Maja Tait will be going as the Chair of the IRM Advisory Committee. This is a CRD matter, not a District of Sooke matter.
The IRM Advisory Committee looked at sites in North America and Overseas. Following is an overview of their final considerations. Ultimately, the IRM Advisory Committee opted for a tour Overseas.
The cost per attendee for the Tour of International Facilities is estimated to be between $7,500 to $8,500 and will include travel, meals and accommodation.
According to Tait, the other option was for the CRD to pilot a project of its own. That pilot project, she said, could cost upwards to a $1 million. This option was not feasible.
“We’re so behind when it comes to this,” said Tait, referencing the management of solid and liquid waste. Europe is much further ahead. It makes sense to learn from them. The study tour will be paid for from sewer funds that have already been set aside for this purpose.
It was a wholesome debate, said Tait, with a motion that was amended about six times.
The IRM Advisory Committee meeting on September 6 put forward the recommendation for this overseas sewer study tour. The Environmental Services Committee and ultimately the CRD Board will have to consider the recommendation, and give it their approval—or not. The Environmental Services Committee is scheduled to meet on September 13, 2017, at 11:00 am.
Background: On June 28, 2017 the IRM Advisory Committee recommended five key deliverables be prepared and delivered for the September IRMAC meeting, to the CRD Environmental Services Committee. One of these key deliverables was this IRM Facilities Tour Plan. It was recommended that facility tours not be undertaken on an ad-hoc basis, but in a strategic fashion with specific information targets in mind.
- Staff Report: Advanced IRM – Facilities Tour Plan
- Appendix A: IRM Facility Tour Plan
- Presentation: IRM Roadmap and Work Plan Next Steps