MHA makes pledge to dis­trict

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear Ed­i­tor,

I’d like to take this op­por­tu­nity as MHA for the Dis­trict of Port de Grave to out­line the strong com­mit­ment I have demon­strated to the dis­trict since be­ing elected in 2011. Tan­gi­ble ex­am­ples of in­vest­ments and growth are ob­vi­ous all around the dis­trict.

One ex­am­ple is the in­vest­ment this year of $5.3 mil­lion in mu­nic­i­pal cap­i­tal works for those com­mu­ni­ties served by town coun­cils in Bay Roberts, Spa­niard’s Bay, Clarke’s Beach and Up­per Is­land Cove.

Other in­vest­ments that this gov­ern­ment has made which ben­e­fit the res­i­dents of Port de Grave dis­trict in­clude in­vest­ments in ed­u­ca­tion. In Bud­get 2013-14, gov­ern­ment com­mit­ted $1.8 mil­lion to con­struct a new school to re­place Co­ley’s Point Pri­mary. The site se­lec­tion is near­ing com­ple­tion and con­sult­ing firm Fougere-Menchen­ton has been hired to do the plan­ning and de­sign of the new school. We have seen up­grades to area schools to­tally nearly $750,000. Th­ese up­grades in­cluded roof and elec­tri­cal up­grades to Holy Redeemer (Spa­niard’s Bay), Co­ley’s Point Pri­mary and St. Peter’s School (Up­per Is­land Cove).

Our con­tin­u­ing ef­forts to im­prove road in­fra­struc­ture in the dis­trict serve res­i­dents and vis­i­tors in a very pos­i­tive way. We have fo­cused pri­mar­ily on high vol­ume roads and ma­jor sec­ondary roads. Since my elec­tion in 2011, we have resur­faced, ditched, curbed and placed cul­verts on Con­cep­tion Bay High­way from Snow’s Va­ri­ety in Clarkes Beach to the Shearstown Road turnoff. resur­fac­ing and ditch­ing of three kms of Bare­need Road and resur­fac­ing of over two kms of high­way in Spa­niard’s Bay. Work has also been com­pleted on over two kms of Cranes Road and some 1.5 kms in Makin­sons. Th­ese im­prove­ments have in­vested over $ 2 mil­lion in road in­fra­struc­ture.

We have worked with com­mu­ni­ties to invest in their recre­ation in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing light­ing for the Up­per Is­land Cove Ball field, fenc­ing and re­pairs to recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties in Spa­niard’s Bay, equip­ment in Clarkes Beach, North River and Makin­sons and support for the new skate­board park in Bay Roberts. Fi­nally we have as­sisted the Bay Arena with roof re­pairs, light­ing and new com­pres­sors. Th­ese in­vest­ments are in ex­cess of $300,000.

There is plenty of work still to be done. We re­al­ize that and will work with the peo­ple of the dis­trict and gov­ern­ment to con­tinue to en­hance the qual­ity of life and safety of our cit­i­zens and vis­i­tors alike.

I have es­tab­lished good work­ing re­la­tion­ships with all min­is­ters and speak to them, daily, on is­sues re­lated to the peo­ple of the dis­trict. We are very proud of the in­vest­ments and projects which have cre­ated em­ploy­ment and pro­vided great eco­nomic ben­e­fit in the re­gion.

Gov­ern­ment has been very sup­port­ive of the dis­trict and is com­mit­ted to work­ing with res­i­dents of the area on fu­ture projects. I made a per­sonal com­mit­ment to the peo­ple of the dis­trict of Port de Grave in 2011, and I am pleased to say that I con­tinue to work hard ev­ery day to bring their con­cerns to gov­ern­ment. — Glenn Lit­tle­john is MHA for the

dis­trict of Port de Grave.

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