An­other cap­i­tal works fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion from Baie Verte re­jected by prov­ince

Coun­cil to re­view op­tions and ap­ply again

Nor'wester (Springdale) - - Front Page - BY CORY HURLEY cory.hurley@thenor­wester.ca

BAIE VERTE, NL — Dis­ap­point­ment con­tin­ues to mount as the Town of Baie Verte was yet again re­jected for cap­i­tal works fund­ing.

There’s a new mayor at the coun­cil table for the White Bay town, but a sim­i­lar sen­ti­ment re­spect­ing the town’s poor track record for se­cur­ing pro­vin­cial fund­ing to tackle some much-needed cap­i­tal works projects.

Mayor Bran­don Philpott echoed re­cent com­ments of out­go­ing mayor Clar Brown about the dis­mal out­look for pro­vin­cial in­vest­ment in the town.

Coun­cil re­cently tabled a re­jec­tion let­ter from the prov­ince on its most re­cent re­quest. Philpott said coun­cil had even down­sized its re­quest in hopes of se­cur­ing some fund­ing, but to no avail.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing, know­ing you put the time into these ap­pli­ca­tions and that the work is so des­per­ately needed,” he said.

Rat­tling Brook Ter­race is in des­per­ate need of a ma­jor over­all, in­clud­ing re­place­ment of wa­ter and sewer in­fra­struc­ture, ac­cord­ing to the mayor. Like many roads and in­fra­struc­ture in Baie Verte, it was put there 40 or 50 years ago, with lit­tle to no up­grades since, he said. This pro­ject is es­ti­mated at about $1.4 mil­lion.

The town also needs a wa­ter and sewer treat­ment fa­cil­ity for the Southshore Drive area. That pro­ject is es­ti­mated at about $800,000.

Look­ing for some op­ti­mism within the sit­u­a­tion, Philpott said there were no prob­lems with the ap­pli­ca­tion from the town that led to the re­jec­tion.

“I think it is more they ran out of fund­ing,” he said. “I don’t think we would even have to change our ap­pli­ca­tion be­cause it es­sen­tially came back as in­suf­fi­cient fund­ing. I guess there is only so much to go around.”

The dead­line for new cap­i­tal works fund­ing pro­pos­als is the end of Novem­ber. Coun­cil will re­view its cap­i­tal works re­quire­ments, and de­cide how to ap­proach its next re­quest.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CRISTEN TIZZARD

The Green Bay Com­mu­nity Em­ploy­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, along with Life Un­lim­ited for Older Adults, care2ride pro­gram, and the Green Bay As­so­ci­a­tion for Com­mu­nity Liv­ing, held a com­mu­nity walk in Spring­dale Oct. 30 for Com­mu­nity Liv­ing Month. The walk is held to pro­mote the in­clu­sion of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in the labour mar­kets, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, and education.

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