Funds for new com­mu­nity build­ings

South­ern Har­bour, Ran­dom Is­land West named in fund­ing an­nounce­ment

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Front page - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS Jonathan.par­sons@thep­acket.ca Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

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.

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