Fed­er­a­tion formed to deal with multi-use over­pass project

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - CAROLYN BAR­BER

A new fed­er­a­tion formed in April to ad­vance the mis­sion of the multi-use over­pass project in Bad­deck.

Vic­to­ria County CAO Leanne Maceachen an­nounced the newly formed fed­er­a­tion at the April 23 mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil meet­ing. Coun­cil then passed a res­o­lu­tion in sup­port of the project that al­lows the ease­ments to and from the pro­posed high­way over­pass to be done in the name of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Maceachen said in a fol­low-up in­ter­view with The Stan­dard that the res­o­lu­tion was com­posed as “generic” and “all-en­com­pass­ing”. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity does not know at this time what will con­sti­tute “due dili­gence” and which oth­ers may be­come in­volved in ad­di­tion to the prov­ince and the fed­er­a­tion in the de­vel­op­ment and ex­pan­sion of the Bad­deck multi-use trail.

“We don't know who the play­ers are, we don't know what we have to do. We don't even know our role in this yet, we just know we're in sup­port of it. We don't want to have to pass some­thing else later, so we've asked for a generic, all-en­com­pass­ing [res­o­lu­tion].”

The fed­er­a­tion filed with NS Joint Stocks Reg­istry on April 23 and ap­pointed Paul Har­vey as spokesper­son. Un­til the fed­er­a­tion was formed, Har­vey served as chair of the in­for­mal Multi-use Over­pass Com­mit­tee.

As chair of the in­for­mal com­mit­tee, Har­vey was adamant about the im­por­tance of so­lic­it­ing pub­lic in­put on the project. He con­firmed with the The Stan­dard on May 5 that the com­mit­ment to pub­lic in­put still stands now that a fed­er­a­tion has been formed.

“Ab­so­lutely. Ab­so­lutely. We’re still in limbo. We're mov­ing. Slowly, we're mov­ing. We would love to see more peo­ple get in­volved, but we hes­i­tate to have a com­mu­nity meet­ing un­til we hear a start date for the bridge, and un­til we have the ease­ments in hand. The ease­ments are go­ing to be done in the name of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. It makes sense, too, be­cause com­mit­tees come and go, but surely the mu­nic­i­pal­ity will be here for a while.”

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