Proposed addictions centre focus of meeting
Eastern Health to host public session on Feb. 26 in Harbour Grace
An anticipated public forum hosted by Eastern Health about the proposed adult addictions centre in Harbour Grace was postponed Feb. 6 due to a snowstorm.
The meeting, which will now take place 7 p.m. Feb. 26, will allow the general public to ask questions and voice concerns over the facility, which will be located at the SPLASH Centre ( former St. Paul’s School) on Lady Lake Road.
The facility, which has been said to be well needed in the region, had some $2-million allocated for the start of the project in the 2010 budget.
In 2012, a contract was awarded to Homewood Health Centre Inc. of Guelph, Ontario for some $1.7 million to develop the functional program and complete the initial clinical management of the facility. It was slotted to last two-and-ahalf years.
The town’s mayor, Terry Barnes, told The Compass he is looking forward to hearing the plans for the facility at the meeting. He is also excited to see the facility in the region — not just for jobs, but to help those affected by drug and alcohol dependencies.
“It’s a big problem in the area. We need to address it,” Barnes explained.
He also noted that former MHA Jerome Kennedy said the job positions would be filled from the immediate area first, something Barnes would also like to see happen.
The centre will house those ages 18 and over with addiction problems related from drugs and alcohol, and assist them by offering specialized treatment.
The provincial government will be accepting bids for the construction of the facility, which is expected to cost an additional $8-10 million, on Feb. 10.
The meeting will take place at the firefighter’s social building next to the fire hall on Bannerman Street, and is expected to last two hours.