A drainage ditch near the Global Transportation Hub has one farmer in the area concerned about the rising water level.
James Farley says he has been left in the middle, as neither the City of Regina or GTH will take responsibility for maintenance of the drainage ditch.
Cathy Sproule, opposition critic for the GTH, says something needs to be done.
“Mr. Farley has been trying to resolve this with the officials in charge of the GTH and with the Water Security Agency for a number of years, so it needs to be fixed,” Sproule says. “These officials need to take it seriously, and I think the City of Regina also needs to take it seriously. They got themselves out of it in 2014, but the Water Security Agency still says it’s the city (that’s responsible), and the ditch is not being maintained.”
Diana Hawryluk, Executive Director City Planning & Development responded telling CKRM the following in a statement.
“The City of Regina and Global Transportation Hub Authority are currently negotiating the provision by the City of certain capital infrastructure and operating services required by the GTHA. This includes the drainage channel. We are looking forward to formalizing an agreement in the near future. As the negotiations are on-going we are unable to comment further at this time.”
Minister responsible for the GTH Dustin Duncan says ultimately the city of Regina is responsible, but to resolve the issue a water shed association will be put in place to ensure land owners are not left stuck in the middle.
“What our intent is, is to form a water shed association so that people like Mr. Farley, the adjacent land owners, will know going forward there is a collaborative group that involves all of the interested parties in ensuring that a channel like this is maintained so that we can, as much as possible, mitigate flooding.”
The water shed association would ideally include the farmers affected, the GTH, City of Regina, and the RM of Sherwood.