Bible Hill hop­ing for share of fed­eral gas tax money from county

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY HARRY SUL­LI­VAN

The Vil­lage of Bible Hill is re­quest­ing a por­tion of Colch­ester County’s fed­eral gas tax fund­ing to help it un­der­take a side­walk/ storm sewer line re­con­struc­tion project on Pic­tou Road.

If granted, the shared fund­ing could also make it pos­si­ble to in­stall a mu­nic­i­pal water line in the area.

“We would love to be plan­ning for it in our next bud­get but that is why we’re ask­ing for some cost shar­ing,” vil­lage chair Lois MacCormick said. “In the past we’ve had very much suc­cess shar­ing with the county so we just thought we would put the bug in their ear and ask if we could be con­sid­ered.”

The vil­lage is cur­rently un­der­tak­ing pre- en­gi­neer­ing de­sign work for re­place­ment of the “well-used” ex­ist­ing as­phalt side­walk that runs from 25 Pic­tou Road (the Sub­way res­tau­rant) up to 101 Pic­tou Road (Blan­chard Av­enue).

The pro­posed project in­volves ap­prox­i­mately 740 me­tres of con­crete side­walk, curb and storm sewer drainage.

The water sup­ply to res­i­dences and busi­nesses along that stretch is from pri­vate wells and Mac- Cormick said it would be an ideal time to also in­stall a mu­nic­i­pal water line while the other con­struc­tion work is tak­ing place.

Vil­lages by them­selves are not el­i­gi­ble for a share of the fed­eral gas tax fund­ing.

“ e side­walk is de­te­ri­o­rat­ing there, and we re­ally should put a water line in when we have it all ripped up,” Maccormick said. “There is a need and we were hop­ing that they would share some of the gas tax fund­ing.”

Cost gures for the side­walk project have yet to be de­ter­mined.

Colch­ester County Coun­cil di­rected sta to fur­ther in­ves­ti­gate the re­quest and re­port back at a later date.

e county and the vil­lage have part­nered on a va­ri­ety of past projects in­clud­ing the re­cently com­pleted side­walk on Vil­lage Line Av­enue.

In­stalling a water line in the area would also al­low for re hy­drants to be in­stalled in front of the Dal­housie Uni­ver­sity’s Cox In­sti­tute build­ing, she said. Dur­ing last sum­mer’s re at that site, nu­mer­ous tanker loads of water had to be trucked to the re from Truro.

“Let’s hope we never see a sit­u­a­tion like that again, rst of all,” Maccormick said. “But it is im­por­tant to have a good water draw up Pic­tou Road.”

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