FOI request uncovers list of Seaterra’s expenditures

CRD documents itemize where money was spent on sewage treatment project

A freedom of information request has shed some new light on the more than $65 million that has so far been spent by the Capital Regional District on planning and action toward a new sewage treatment program.

The two-page document provided to Black Press last week reveals $11.75 million was spent by Seaterra on the Craigflower pump station, with $10.73 million of that going toward contracts for services and another $907,832 spent on consultants’ fees.

Another item listed as “Seaterra program expenses – other” included a total cost of $29.1 million. Those included $10.9 million for consultants, $3 million for salaries and benefits, $1.8 million for legal services, $709,250 for building rentals and $303,615 for directors’ taxable remuneration.

The document also shows $900,000 paid out in honorariums for contract termination, with $250,000 each being paid to PCL Constructors Westcoast, Dragados Canada Inc. and another $250,000 accrued but not yet paid. Maple Reinders, Bird Construction and Kenaidan Contracting each received $50,000 honorariums for the Clover Point pump station.

A total of $27.8 million was listed for land costs, with $17 million for Viewfield Road property in Esquimalt, $1.6 million for the Resource Recovery Centre at Hartland landfill, $3.7 million for the Haro Woods property on Arbutus Road, $4.6 million for the McLoughlin wastewater treatment plant site and $905,410 for other associated costs.

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