Gander holding open house on wastewater
Citizens can offer comments or concerns
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.
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.”