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Letter: How could Metro Vancouver let this project fail so badly?

Metro staff should have been keeping a much closer eye on things
A contractor examines a one of a “large number of deficiencies” Metro Vancouver flagged in the original work on the new sewage treatment plant. | Metro Vancouver

Re: Costs quadruple for North Shore sewage treatment plant to $3.86B

Dear Editor:

I am shocked and dismayed at the recent news on the cost overruns on the sewage project. How can Metro Vancouver CAO Jerry Dobrovolny claim that “the project was far less advanced than Metro had been led to believe” and that there were a “tremendous number of deficiencies” left by Acciona?

Any contract of this size should have had a rigorous project controls system built in and Metro Vancouver should have had their own representation in the form of owner’s engineers to monitor progress, quality and cost.

How can Metro Vancouver feign ignorance and simply download the costs to the taxpayer? Those who were parties to the contract should be paying for the cost overruns, not the taxpayer.

Heads need to roll on this one.

Jennifer Clay

North Vancouver

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