Fund­ing an­nounced for area com­mu­ni­ties

The Compass - - OPINION -

The Trin­ity-Bay de Verde area will re­ceive a to­tal of $665,258 in pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment fund­ing to make im­prove­ments to mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture. The fund­ing is part of the 2012 Mu­nic­i­pal Cap­i­tal Works Pro­gram.

“Im­prove­ments to wa­ter and waste wa­ter sys­tems are a nec­es­sary and im­por­tant in­vest­ment in a community,” Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Kevin O’Brien stated in a July 18 news re­lease.

“How­ever, some­times these in­vest­ments are costly and unattain­able by the community or mu­nic­i­pal­ity alone. Through the Mu­nic­i­pal Cap­i­tal Works Pro­gram, our gov­ern­ment is proud to make the nec­es­sary in­vest­ments to al­low com­mu­ni­ties to make needed im­prove­ments to ben­e­fit all res­i­dents.”

The Town of Salmon Cove will re­ceive fund­ing for an engi­neer­ing de­sign for sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments to its wa­ter and waste wa­ter sys­tem. The com­mu­ni­ties of Grates Cove and Ho­peall will carry out im­prove­ments to their well wa­ter sys­tems, while the Town of Heart’s Con­tent will un­der­take im­prove­ments to its booster pump­ing sta­tion.

“I am de­lighted with to­day’s an­nounce­ment that will help ad­dress is­sues with the wa­ter and waste wa­ter sys­tems in the Trin­ity-Bay de Verde area,” said Trin­ity-Bay de Verde MHA Char­lene John­son, who is also Min­is­ter of Child Youth and Fam­ily Ser­vices.

“This fund­ing is crit­i­cal to these commu- ni­ties as it will not only im­prove mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture, but also en­hance ser­vices de­liv­ered to res­i­dents.”

Fund­ing is cost-shared based on pop­u­la­tion, with each town or community pro­vid­ing 10 per cent of the to­tal project cost.

Bud­get 2012: Peo­ple and Pros­per­ity in­cluded $130 mil­lion over two years for mu­nic­i­pal cap­i­tal works projects throughout the prov­ince.

Since 2008, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has in­vested over $500 mil­lion in mu­nic­i­pal cap­i­tal works projects which has re­sulted in im­proved mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture projects across the prov­ince. These projects have pro­vided mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties the op­por­tu­nity to se­cure, de­velop and im­prove in­fra­struc­ture for their res­i­dents and sup­port the long-term sus­tain­abil­ity of growth and de­vel­op­ment of com­mu­ni­ties.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has also main­tained im­proved cost-shared fund­ing ra­tios es­tab­lished in 2008 to ben­e­fit mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. For com­mu­ni­ties with pop­u­la­tions be­low 3,000, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment will continue to in­vest 90 per cent of the cost of new in­fra­struc­ture with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity pro­vid­ing 10 per cent; 80 per cent of the cost will continue to be cov­ered for pop­u­la­tions be­tween 3,000 and 7,000; and 70 per cent of the cost will continue to be cov­ered for mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties with pop­u­la­tions over 7,000.

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