Let’s get things done!

Town launches am­bi­tious four-year cap­i­tal works pro­gram

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

There is no such word in the English lan­guage as can’t.

Adopt­ing that phi­los­o­phy, the Carbonear Town Coun­cil be­lieves that for too long in the past the stan­dard re­sponse to the need to move for­ward with over­due but costly im­prove­ments has been, “ we can’t.”

Re­fus­ing to ac­cept the sta­tus quo any longer, Deputy Mayor Ches Ash said last week the town’s 2010 bud­get re­flects a change in phi­los­o­phy best re­flected by the phrase: “Let’s get things done.”

In bring­ing down the town’s 62nd bud­get since it was in­cor­po­rated in 1948, the chair­man of the town’s fi­nance com­mit­tee said this year’s bud­get “ has ad­dressed our cur­rent or im­me­di­ate needs and pro­vided for our fu­ture needs as well.”

To ad­dress fu­ture needs, the town has de­vel­oped a ten­ta­tive four-year cap­i­tal works pro­gram. While the town has had sim­i­lar long-term plans in its past, this is long­est and most am­bi­tious in the town’s his­tory. Coun­cil looks for­ward to seek­ing gov­ern­ment ap­proval on a cost shared ba­sis for some $17 mil­lion to be spent over a four-year pe­riod on badly needed im­prove­ments to the town’s ag­ing and crum­bling in­fra­struc­ture.

“ This pro­gram will pro­vide for the up­grade and de­vel­op­ment of wa­ter and sewer ser­vices, paving and resur­fac­ing of roads, bridge re­pair and re­place­ment and on­go­ing main­te­nance and re­pair of recre­ational and other fa­cil­i­ties, along with a ma­jor up­grade/ re­place­ment of our works de­pot.” Ash said they also an­tic­i­pate sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in equip­ment re­place­ment.

“ We will pro­vide for the re­quired main­te­nance and im­prove­ment of ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties that we al­ready have and pro­vide for ad­di­tional fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices as we move for­ward,” he said.

The kind of growth and de­vel­op­ment the town is looking for­ward to this year and in the years ahead, “ will help en­sure much needed in­creased rev­enues to help pro­vide for ad­di­tional in­fra­struc­ture needs, ad­di­tional paving and other street and road im­prove­ments and main­te­nance,” the fi­nance com­mit­tee chair­man ob­served.

In­tend­ing to build on the town’s suc­cess in the past, Ash pointed out, “ but (we) look to the fu­ture with con­fi­dence and re­solve to con­tinue to pro­vide qual­ity liv­ing for those who choose to live here.”

He con­cluded, “ this bud­get aims to pro­vide the ground­work, not sim­ply for con­tin­ued growth and de­vel­op­ment but for a more pur­pose­ful and ex­pe­di­tious ap­proach to growth and de­vel­op­ment of our town.”

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