LV turns down fund­ing re­quest

The Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE - SEAN CHASE

The Town­ship of Lau­ren­tian Val­ley has turned down an in­vi­ta­tion from the City of Pem­broke to join in the re­con­struc­tion of Bound­ary Road.

Pem­broke Mayor Mike Le­May told city coun­cil last week that he had re­cently re­ceived a for­mal re­ply for Lau­ren­tian Val­ley coun­cil in which the town­ship turned down its re­quest to part­ner on this ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture project. As it bor­ders the town­ship and is used by its res­i­dents, Le­May felt this was an ideal joint project be­tween the two mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

“I was sure this project would have the full sup­port of Lau­ren­tian Val­ley ratepay­ers,” said Le­May.

The city has set in mo­tion phase one of the Bound­ary Road project from Almira Street South to Ben­nett Street at a cost of $462,831. Coun­cil has also given the green light to phase two, which will take con­struc­tion from Trafal­gar Road to Karen Street at a cost of $414,000.

Le­May said he was dis­ap­pointed say­ing this could have been a ven­ture sim­i­lar to the jointly fi­nanced re­con­struc­tion of Achray Road, cur­rently be­ing done by the town­ship and the Town of Petawawa. He noted there is a large new sub­di­vi­sion to the south of Bound­ary Road that needs the ma­jor artery for ac­cess.

“We have sev­eral suc­cess­ful part­ner­ships with our neigh­bour­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties,” he said. “I thought part­ner­ing with the town­ship with the fi­nanc­ing of Bound­ary Road would be a win-win.”

Coun­cil will again is­sue the of­fer in 2019 and 2020 bud­get years as Bound­ary Road is set to be a mul­ti­year project. SChase@post­media.com

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