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DES details still need ironing out

By District Energy posted 09-27-2018 09:55


Brandon Barrett, Pique

Photo Courtesy of the Whistler Housing Authority


Following countless hours of negotiations with the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), to say that Tony Routley was relieved to hear that council had agreed to lend $870,000 to help Cheakamus Crossing with their District Energy System (DES) costs would be an understatement.

But the neighbourhood's appointee to the volunteer DES committee knows that there are still important details of the deal that need to be ironed out.

"My first reaction is that I'm happy there's money on the table. It gives us something to work with," he said. "Is it as much as I'd like to see? No, but in a negotiation, there has to be a compromise. Will it work for us? I'm still working on that and I'm hoping it will."

At last week's council meeting, officials approved the loan from the RMOW's reserve fund to municipal subsidiary, the Whistler 2020 Development Corporation (WDC), to cover DES repair and maintenance costs for the 174 homes constructed by the WDC. The move comes after years of complaints from some Cheakamus homeowners over persistent technical issues with their ambient heating systems and thousands of dollars in repairs.

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