Federation formed to deal with multi-use overpass project
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.”