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Stratford has had problems with odours from its sewage lagoons. ((Pat Martel/CBC))

The municipal council in Stratford, P.E.I., voted Wednesday night to move forward with a plan to fix the smelly sewage lagoons at the town's entrance.

Mayor Kevin Jenkins said the lagoons must be fixed to rid them of their smell and make way for any future waterfront development.

"We are committed to doing something with the plants. Pretty much everyone that we've talked to, as far as economic development on the waterfront, has raised the lagoons as an issue," Jenkins said.

"Our economic development committee has recognized that and we are really committed to doing something with the lagoons in the long term. It's a big project in terms of dollars, in terms of technology. It's not something that's going to happen today."

Last month, council received a report offering four options for the town, three that would upgrade the lagoons and one that would simply see the sewage pumped across the Hillsborough River to Charlottetown.

Jenkins said council will review those options over the next few months before deciding its next move.