UdeM's indecision on sewer line 'unacceptable'
Moncton councillor angry over university's lack of response on sewer line project
Seven years of delay is causing some Moncton city councillors to grow frustrated by a perceived lack of cooperation from the University of Moncton over the location of a major sewer line.
The city wants to put a sewer line through a northern part of the campus but the university's administration still hasn't made a decision on the so-called vision lands project.
A Moncton developer is looking to build a subdivision of solar and geothermal-heated homes with more than a third of the space being left as natural woods or paths.
But the project is stalled because the city can't get permission to put a major sewer line through some of the university property, which is next to the proposed subdivision.
Coun. Pierre Boudreau is one of the Moncton politicians who is expressing his frustration about the delay.
"I know the process of decision making in those large institutions take time but I think we're on the verge of the ridiculousness," Boudreau said.
Boudreau said the university needs to be a closer partner with the city.
He said the city donated $2 million to the university's last fundraising campaign and now the councillor said he wants the university to move a little faster.
"At a time where we desperately need their cooperation we're still not getting any satisfactory answers," Boudreau said.
"I find that totally unacceptable and I'm getting very upset."
Boudreau said the developer wants to start building in June.
He said if the university hasn't moved by then, its relationship with the city could be in trouble.