Provincial government invests in municipal infrastructure in Terra Nova region
It was a small crowd of representatives from local governments at the Bill Davis Chalet in Clarenville last week for funding announcements from the provincial and federal governments.
The mayors of Clarenville and Port Blandford, along with the chairman of the Local Service District of Hickman’s HarbourRobinson’s Bight, showed up for what was probably MP Judy Foote’s last official funding announcement in Clarenville.
Foote, along with municipal affairs minister Eddie Joyce and his parliamentary secretary, Terra Nova MHA Colin Holloway, announced more than $4.4 million in municipal infrastructure projects for the district.
Clarenville will receive approximately $3.6 million from provincial government. Money will be used for upgrades to water and sewer for Cormack Drive and Prince Street, installation of a new storm sewer at Taverner Place, and construction of a salt storage facility.
Other communities will be receiving funds through the Small Communities Fund of the New Building Canada Fund for the following communities:
Hickman’ Harbour-Robinson Bight Local Service District, a provincial contribution of $186,000 and up to $109,000 from the federal government for improvements to the community’s water distribution system;
Port Blandford, $254,000 from the province and up to $149,00 from Ottawa to improve the town’s water pumping system.
Earlier in the day, at Glovertown, Foote, Joyce and Holloway announced $298,000 for Happy Adventure for upgrades to that town’s water and wastewater system, the drinking water distribution system and the sanitary sewage collection system; and about $300,000 for Glovertown for upgrading and paving of town roads.
In honour of Foote’s retirement from politics, those who spoke took the opportunity to personally thank Foote for her years of dedication and service.
Clarenville Mayor Frazer Russell said, “I don’t know what size your shoes are, but it’s going to take two, or three or more people to fill them.”
Foote stepped down as the federal minister responsible for infrastructure earlier this summer, and she will officially resign her seat in the House of Commons in the coming weeks.
Foote will deliver her farewell speech when the House opens for the fall sitting later this year. House opens again Sept. 18.
While this may be Foote’s last major funding announcement in Clarenville, it won’t be the last announcement for municipal infrastructure projects.
Joyce indicated the province is working with Ottawa on a deal that will see up to $500 million in federal funding for infrastructure projects over an 11-year term.
He did not give any indication when that deal would be finalized, but did say it would be earmarked for things like public transit, Green projects and water systems.
Clarenville Mayor Frazer Russell and MP Judy Foote
From left to right, Terra Nova MHA Colin Holloway, Cordell Green, chairman of the Hickman’s Harbour-Robinson Bight, Port Blandford mayor Chad Holloway, Clarenville mayor Frazer Russell, MP Judy Foote, and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment...
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment Eddie Joyce