Gan­der hold­ing open house on waste­water

Cit­i­zens can of­fer com­ments or con­cerns

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Gan­der res­i­dents, and con­cerned stake­hold­ers, are be­ing in­vited to an open house at town hall on March 28 to learn more about the pro­posed waste­water treat­ment fa­cil­ity.

The meet­ing is part of the pre-sub­mis­sion process for an en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment reg­is­tra­tion to the De­part­ment of Environment and Cli­mate Change.

At the meet­ing, cit­i­zens will be given in­for­ma­tion about the planned project, and per­son­nel will be avail­able an­swer ques­tions.

The open house is set for 7-9 p.m. Any cit­i­zen can of­fer com­ments or con­cerns on the project at this meet­ing, or in writ­ing, to the town’s en­gi­neer­ing De­part­ment. The dead­line for pub­lic com­ment is noon, April 28.

re­lief.

Ab­bott says there may be fed­eral money avail­able to as­sist with some mu­nic­i­pal projects.

This, he said, could help off­set some of the pres­sure pre­sented by the pro­vin­cial changes.

How­ever, find­ing the right funds and the red tape in­volved in ac­quir­ing it does present a con­cern.

Gan­der knows red tape all to well.

For the past num­ber of years the town had been try­ing to de­velop a new waste­water treat­ment plant.

De­lays in the com­mit­ment of funds — fed­er­ally and provin­cially — slowed progress. The money was fi­nally se­cured last month.

Ul­ti­mately, if fed­eral money can’t be se­cured for mu­nic­i­pal works in the future, it means less work will be done, says Ab­bott.

“We’ve got the abil­ity to have staff to do this, but a lot of smaller com­mu­ni­ties they just don’t have the re­sources to do it,” he said.

“As a town we are go­ing to be ag­gres­sively try­ing to fig­ure out how we can get a share of those (fed­eral) dol­lars to off­set some of the other chal­lenges.”

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