Clarenville re­leases road­work list for cap­i­tal works fund­ing

Town fi­nal­izes ap­pli­ca­tion, work ex­pected to start in 2018

The Packet (Clarenville) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS THE PACKET jonathan.par­sons@thep­acket.ca Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

The Town of Clarenville held what was called an emer­gency meet­ing last Wed­nes­day morn­ing to ap­prove their cap­i­tal works fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion list.

The dead­line was Fri­day, April 21.

Coun. He­ber Smith pre­sented two mo­tions, which were passed, ap­prov­ing the town’s in­fra­struc­ture fund­ing and the Build­ing Canada fund ap­pli­ca­tions.

In the pro­vin­cial multi-year build­ing fund, the town ac­cepted an of­fered to­tal of about $3.6 mil­lion.

The town also ap­plied to the fed­eral Build­ing Canada fund, for about $4 mil­lion, but there is no guar­an­tee of re­ceiv­ing that amount.

“They might give us a por­tion of it, they may give us none of that,” said town clerk An­gela Giles. “So that one’s more ques­tion­able than the multi-year.”

Coun­cil agreed that the list of road­work may need to be changed de­pend­ing on what fund­ing is ul­ti­mately ap­proved by Ot­tawa.

“The big­gest thing with the Build­ing Canada fund is that’s de­ter­mined (by) the max­i­mum we want to bor­row, ba­si­cally,” said Coun. Smith. “The max­i­mum we want to re­ceive could be less.”

Giles also says the Build­ing Canada fund is a fed­eral pro­gram, but the prov­ince con­trib­utes about 45 to 47 per cent. Fund­ing ap­proval de­pends on both the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial

List of road­work and fund­ing amounts in cap­i­tal works ap­pli­ca­tion list

2017-2020 Build­ing fund Town of Clarenville ap­plied to ac­cept pro­vin­cial fund­ing of $3,639,613.

This fund­ing will be used for up­grades to: gov­ern­ments.

“Ba­si­cally, what the fed­eral govern­ment puts in, re­duces the pro­vin­cial com­po­nent, not our com­po­nent,” she said.

“The like­li­hood, or the un­like­li­hood, of get­ting funds from to ap­ply for $4,078,520 in fund­ing through the Build­ing

fund.

This fund­ing is set to be used for up­grades to: the Build­ing Canada fund will al­ter some of the de­ci­sions that we will need to make on the other as­pects of our multi-year cap­i­tal works project,” added Mayor Frazer Rus­sell, who joined the meet­ing via phone con­fer­ence.

While the town an­nounced which ar­eas they plan to ad­dress, don’t ex­pect the spec­i­fied road­work to start this year.

Di­rec­tor of ex­ter­nal op­er­a­tions Rick Wells says the plan is for the de­sign stage to start this year, with ac­tual work be­gin­ning in 2018.

Giles re­it­er­ated it may be late sum­mer or fall be­fore the town re­ceives of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion of the fund­ing for which they ap­plied.

The town is also pre­par­ing to con­tact both of­fices in­volved with the fund­ing to stress the im­por­tance of get­ting the road­work in these ar­eas com­pleted.

JONATHAN PAR­SONS PHOTO

Tav­erner Place is one of the roads on the list for up­grades by the Town of Clarenville.

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