Mu­nic­i­pal­ity pay­ing for road­work this year

Town of St. An­thony hasn’t re­ceived any fund­ing yet from pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment

Northern Pen - - FRONT PAGE - BY STEPHEN ROBERTS

ST. AN­THONY, NL — The Town of St. An­thony has been con­sult­ing with the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Works on what side roads are to be paved and re-paved within the town this up­com­ing year.

On May 17, Mayor Ernest Simms went around the town with two mem­bers of the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Works to eval­u­ate what needs to be done and what the town will be able to af­ford to do.

He says they looked at eight to 10 of the worst side roads in the com­mu­nity, while cer­tain streets will also re­quire re-paving in sec­tions.

The town hasn’t re­ceived any cap­i­tal works fund­ing to com­plete the roads. They will pay for the project them­selves out of their own mu­nic­i­pal bud­get.

“If we had (pro­vin­cial) gov­ern­ment on side and we had 50/50 (cost share be­tween prov­ince and mu­nic­i­pal­ity) then we’d prob­a­bly dou­ble what we can do,” ex­plains Simms. “But we don’t have any com­mit­ment. The ap­pli­ca­tion has been in. Now we’re to the point where we got to make the de­ci­sion and we don’t have any com­mit­ment from gov­ern­ment on any­thing, so we’re do­ing this on our own.”

He says if any fund­ing is ap­proved, they’ll be able to do more. But un­til then, coun­cil is plan­ning on mov­ing ahead with the fund­ing they have al­lot­ted in their bud­get.

Ac­cord­ing to Simms, with an in­crease in the price of as­phalt, they’ll have to cut back on some of the roads they hoped to com­plete this year.

But he be­lieves ev­ery­thing will be fin­ished within the next cou­ple years.

“We’ll do what we can and in the next cou­ple years ev­ery­thing will be fin­ished, no doubt about that,” he said.

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