Funds for new community buildings
Southern Harbour, Random Island West named in funding announcement
Two communities in the region are getting new buildings with money through the province’s municipal capital works program.
Southern Harbour will get a new town office, fire hall and civic centre. The $1.5 million project will receive $816,151 in funding from the province.
Also included in the $10.6 million capital works funding list announced by Premier Dwight Ball last week, was a new $1-million fire hall for Random Island West. The province will provide $544,101 of the funding for the new build.
The projects were among 48 named in government’s announcement March 21.
Placentia-West Bellevue MHA Mark Browne told the Packet a new facility is much-needed for Southern Harbour, as the current building — which was the old school — that houses the town hall, library, post office and community centre has problems with mold and structural issues.
“Without this space, there is no other public building in Southern Harbour,” said Browne, saying he was pleased to work with council to make this happen.
Southern Harbour Mayor Joe Brewer told the Packet the funding is a great accomplishment From left: Municipal Affairs Minister Eddie Joyce, MHA Mark Browne, Southern Harbour town clerk Kelsie Emberley and Premier Dwight Ball.
for the town, especially its fire
department, which assists with many accidents on the TransCanada Highway and aids three other communities in the area.
“It’s good because we’re working with the government and hoping to establish a new way of saving money moving forward,” said Brewer.
Browne says $250,000 was already spent in 2016 for preliminary design work and planning for the site. The new buildings — three structures in total — will be adjacent to the old structure.
Brewer hopes the buildings will be weather-tight by October, with work continuing through the new year.