LV turns down funding request
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