$2.8 mil­lion for wa­ter, sewer, road work in Port de Grave area

The Compass - - OPINION -

Some $2.8 mil­lion in tax­pay­ers’ money is be­ing spent on var­i­ous in­fra­struc­ture projects around the Port de Grave dis­trict.

The Town of Bay Roberts will carry out wa­ter and sewer up­grades in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions throughout the town. Clarke’s Beach will be­gin wa­ter and sewer up­grades. Makin­sons will up­grade its wa­ter sys­tem. And Up­per Is­land Cove will im­prove and pave lo­cal roads.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is pro­vid­ing 80 per cent of the to­tal project cost for the Town of Bay Roberts and 90 per cent to­wards the work in Clarke’s Beach, Makin­sons and Up­per Is­land Cove.

Pro­vided through the 2012 mu­nic­i­pal cap­i­tal works pro­gram and the 2012-14 multi-year cap­i­tal works pro­gram, fund­ing for such projects is cost-shared based on pop­u­la­tion. Towns like Bay Roberts with pop­u­la­tions be­tween 3,000 and 7,000 re­ceive 80 per cent of the cost, and are re­spon­si­ble for the re­main­ing 20 per cent, while those with un­der 3,000 cit­i­zens, like Clarke’s Beach, Makin­sons and Up­per Is­land Cove re­ceive 90 per cent, and pick up the 10 per cent bal­ance.

De­scrib­ing it as a “sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment,” Port-deGrave MHA Glenn Littlejohn said in a pre­pared press re­lease: “In­vest­ments like these di­rectly ben­e­fit res­i­dents through ac­cess to safe drink­ing wa­ter and im­proved wa­ter and sewer ser­vices.”

In the same pre­pared joint state­ment, Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Kevin O’Brien stated: “Our gov­ern­ment is pleased to work in part­ner­ship with com­mu­ni­ties by pro­vid­ing cost-shared fund­ing to en­able them to de­liver ser­vices to res­i­dents,”

The Gan­der MHA noted, “this year’s in­vest­ment of $2.8 mil­lion will re­sult in var­i­ous up­grades to wa­ter, sewer and roads in this area.”

bbow­man@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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