Gov­ern­ment erects new sign for Co­ley’s Point re­place­ment

Con­struc­tion will start next fis­cal year: MHA Pam Par­sons

The Compass - - News - BY ANDREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

CON­CEP­TION BAY NORTH, NL — Stu­dents may still be a few years away from en­ter­ing new class­rooms, but the prov­ince is for now of­fer­ing new vi­su­als to wet the ap­petite of par­ents wait­ing for the re­place­ment of Co­ley’s Point Pri­mary.

Gov­ern­ment re­cently in­stalled a new sign on land next to Amal­ga­mated Academy on Eric Dawe Drive. The prov­ince ex­pro­pri­ated the land in 2015.

“That cer­tainly shows a com­mit­ment to the Co­ley’s Point re­place­ment,” Har­bour Grace-Port de Grave MHA Pam Par­sons said.

Ac­cord­ing to Par­sons, $950,000 is al­lo­cated for the cur­rent fis­cal year. She said it’s her un­der­stand­ing that money will mostly take care of pur­chas­ing the land.

Dur­ing her lat­est meet­ing with the deputy min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion and Works, Par­sons learned the plan is for con­struc­tion to start in the 2017-18 fis­cal year.

At a meet­ing last year with Con­cep­tion Bay North Joint Coun­cil, Trans­porta­tion and Works Min­is­ter Al Hawkins said the prov­ince had of­fered the own­ers $550,000, but that they wanted $1 mil­lion.

A spokesper­son for the own­ers told The Com­pass last week the land has not been paid for and gov­ern­ment has not asked what the sell­ing price may be.

The re­place­ment of Co­ley’s Point Pri­mary, which is more than 60 years old, was bud­geted back in 2014 un­der the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment, with $2 mil­lion bud­geted the fol­low­ing fis­cal year.

The Lib­er­als de­ferred re­plac­ing the school with its first bud­get fol­low­ing the 2015 elec­tion, be­fore an­nounc­ing funds for the 2016-17 fis­cal year.

Par­sons shared fur­ther news about fund­ing in her district dur­ing a re­cent chat with The Com­pass. Through the pro­vin­cial Job Cre­ation Part­ner­ships pro­gram, fund­ing in ex­cess of $80,000 was pro­vided to the Town of Har­bour Grace for up­grades around the tourist chalet and work on the new walk­ing trail. The prov­ince also pitched in with $45,000 for the new com­mu­nity gar­den.

The new bath­room fa­cil­ity for the ball field in But­lerville is set to re­ceive $10,000 from the prov­ince. Par­sons also noted line paint­ing is un­der­way in the district.

ANDREW ROBIN­SON/THE COM­PASS

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment erected a new sign re­cently next to land ear­marked for a new school to re­place Co­ley’s Point Pri­mary.

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