Inadequate oversight by City at Rotary Lake, says Northern Health

Inadequate oversight on the part of the City of Dawson Creek is one of the reasons Northern Heath cites Rotary Lake will not be re-opened. 

This week documents reveal Northern Health responded to a City of Dawson Creek proposal to immediately address the suction hazard at Rotary Lake. NH officials note a suggested city solution will not solve all the problems at Rotary Lake.

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“Northern Health does not support this approach as the facility will still pose significant hazards. Northern Health will not provide authorization to allow the city to complete the work,” provincial officials note.

“We  will only consider an approach that addresses the totality of the hazards, including structural, operational and regulatory. To invest in a partial solution would be of no benefit to the city.”

Northern Health lists specific matters that are considered health hazards at Rotary Lake: operational non-compliance with Northern Health directions, suction hazards, limb entrapment hazards, water clarity hazard, operator competence at the facility, lack of staff and lifeguard, and inadequate oversight from the City of Dawson Creek.

Northern Health suggests the city use the Northern Health engineering report about the lake.

“Items that we will not support examptions from the regulation are for operator training, pool safety plan, bather load limits, and public supervision,” wrote Drs. Rain Fumerton and Jong Kim, acting chief medical health officer northwest, and medical health officer of northeast respectively.

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