Drumheller's mayor raised a stink in Edmonton this past week over an odour problem in south Newcastle and he thinks he may finally have prompted some action from the province.
Terry Yemen had a face to face meeting with Brian Mason, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation, to talk about issues ranging from flood mitigation to how to get rid of a sewage odour that has plagued people downwind of the Royal Tyrrell Museum for years.
"We've written to them before, but I think this time we made a point," stated the mayor. "They know just how bad the odour is, they know that it is coming from a provincial piece of infrastructure, they know it's their responsibility and he did say it's time to move this file forward."
"I told them that two years ago, driving through there on Christmas Day, I smelled it and thought 'can that be?' I got out of my vehicle and it just about made me sick, and I told them that."
They've been trying to find a fix for the odour problem for years. Studies traced it back to a sewage holding tank at the Tyrrell, which is provincially owned, and Yemen says it's time to quit studying and act.
"The studies that the Provincial Government has done already could have paid for the fix that is needed," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "They need a lift station, the engineers have said they need a lift station, they've had independent studies, the town has had studies, everybody says they need a lift station. What better time to do it than with all the construction that they're having right now?"
He's referring to a $9 million expansion to the museum and its distance learning studios that is being jointly funded by the federal and provincial governments. The work is expected to get underway this spring and take until 2019.