Pacific Insight balks at new neighbour

One of the region’s biggest employers isn’t happy about the prospect of the Nelson transfer station being moved next door.

One of the region’s biggest employers isn’t happy about the prospect of the Nelson transfer station being moved next door.

Pacific Insight, located five kilometres west of the city on Highway 3A, says it found out the same day as everyone else that the Regional District of Central Kootenay has acquired 22 acres at the end of Insight Drive.

“There was no discussion prior, and that’s really our big beef,” says Tom Mamic, the electronics manufacturer’s director of finance. “At least they should have consulted the people it was going to impact.”

Mamic says they’re worried that having the transfer station nearby will be bad for business.

“There’s certainly an impact on our image that our customers feel,” he says. “Image is everything. Being located near a transfer station does not enhance our image.”

Mamic says the regional district has shared some preliminary plans, but they remain concerned.

“They’re trying to be reasonable and create no sight lines, but still, that volume of traffic will be going right by our building.”

The regional district says moving the transfer station off the waterfront will cost $3.3 million, including purchase of the land.

A public meeting on the move is set for Tuesday at the RDCK board room in Nelson from 4 to 8 p.m.

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