Pro­vin­cial govern­ment in­vests in mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture in Terra Nova re­gion

The Packet (Clarenville) - - EDITORIAL - BY MARK SQUIBB THE PACKET CLARENVILLE, NL

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.

BAR­BARA DEAN-SIM­MONS/THE PACKET

Clarenville Mayor Frazer Russell and MP Judy Foote

BAR­BARA DEAN-SIM­MONS/ THE PACKET

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 Ed­die Joyce.

MARK SQUIBB/ THE PACKET

Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment Ed­die Joyce

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