Com­mu­ni­ties across cen­tral re­gion ben­e­fit­ing from an­nounce­ment

The Central Voice - - Front Page - BY KYLE GREEN­HAM & ADAM RAN­DELL Kyle.green­[email protected]­cen­tralvoice.ca Adam.ran­[email protected]­cen­tralvoice.ca

Mil­lions of dol­lars for re­pairs and im­prove­ments will soon be uti­lized by sev­eral cen­tral com­mu­ni­ties.

From Baie Verte to Appleton, and many ar­eas in be­tween, the pro­vin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ment are chip­ping in on a list of in­fra­struc­ture projects. For all 16 projects that were an­nounced, the prov­ince is con­tribut­ing over $3.4 mil­lion while the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is con­tribut­ing over $2.1 mil­lion.

Fol­low­ing the fund­ing an­nounce­ment in Camp­bell­ton on Mon­day, Sept. 10, The Cen­tral Voice reached out to a num­ber of mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers to see how this fund­ing will ben­e­fit the re­gion.

Cleaner wa­ter sup­ply

Jim King, chair­per­son for the lo­cal ser­vice district of Her­ring Neck, is look­ing for­ward to im­proved wa­ter con­di­tions for the New World Is­land com­mu­nity.

The com­mu­nity re­ceived over $40,000 from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and over $69,000 from the prov­ince for im­prove­ment’s in the area’s wa­ter­lines.

King says the in­stal­la­tion of flush­ing hy­drants and ex­ten­sions to their water­line will be the main work done from the fund­ing.

Her­ring Neck’s water­line cur­rently rests near the shore of their pond-based wa­ter sup­ply. When the wa­ter is low dur­ing dry sum­mers the line can take in a lot of ma­te­rial from the bot­tom and sur­face of the pond.

“By ex­tend­ing our in­take out into the pond we’ll be in much deeper wa­ter. We’re not go­ing to draw as much or­ganic ma­te­rial into the water­line,” King said. “The cleaner the wa­ter is the less chlo­rine we have to use, so it’s a cost re­duc­tion and a wa­ter qual­ity is­sue.”

A step for­ward

Bot­wood re­ceived fund­ing for three sep­a­rate projects dur­ing the Sept. 10 an­nounce­ment.

One of these in­cludes a full re­con­struc­tion of Con­fed­er­a­tion Place, with wa­ter, sewer, gut­ters and as­phalt re­pairs and re­place­ments.

“That area is in to­tal dis­re­pair,” said Mayor Scott Sce­viour. “The road is al­most an ‘al­li­ga­tor’s back’ as they call it, it’s bro­ken into bits and pieces.”

Ac­cord­ing to Sce­viour, new sewage in­fra­struc­ture in the Fern­wood Drive area will bring the town an­other step closer to re­mak­ing that area a hub for new busi­nesses.

As well, Bot­wood’s Cir­cu­lar Road project came to a halt due to the need for a sep­tic tank un­der fed­eral reg­u­la­tions. Fund­ing was an­nounced for this tank, and Sce­viour says with that the Cir­cu­lar Road project can con­tinue into its sec­ond phase.

“I got to say our MHA (Jerry Dean) came through for us,” said Sce­viour. “This means we can move for­ward and check these items off our list.”

For the three projects Bot­wood will re­ceive a to­tal of $394,433 in fed­eral fund­ing and $669,750 in pro­vin­cial fund­ing.

Elim­i­nat­ing wa­ter strains

Camp­bell­ton has a list of wa­ter strug­gles from lim­i­ta­tions on fire train­ing, ar­senic in wells and loss of wa­ter pres­sure dur­ing power out­ages.

With over $970,000 in fed­eral-pro­vin­cial fund­ing, the Town of Camp­bell­ton will com­plete its trans­mis­sion line for a com­mu­nity wa­ter tower. Mayor Maisie Clarke says this will re­lieve many of the town’s wa­ter is­sues.

“It’s all de­pen­dent on the pump house right now, so when the power goes or the fire depart­ment needs to use the hy­drants for prac­tice, ev­ery­one in town loses wa­ter,” Clarke said. “Drink­ing wa­ter is es­pe­cially im­por­tant around here where half the town is us­ing wells.”

Clarke hopes con­struc­tion on the trans­mis­sion line will be­gin by spring of next year.

“We’re very pleased. It’s a lot of money for a small town,” she said.

Tremen­dous work needed

Grand Falls-Wind­sor re­ceived fund­ing for the sec­ond phase of re­plac­ing wa­ter and sewage in­fra­struc­ture for Lin­coln Road. Deputy Mayor Mike Browne says the project will make for a tremen­dous amount of work as the pipes and lines there have not been re­placed in roughly 50 years.

“We an­tic­i­pated some ma­jor prob­lems in the com­ing years if we did not up­grade this area, so we de­cided to get ahead on this,” Browne said. “We an­tic­i­pate the fund­ing will bode well for the town.”

For the project, Grand Falls-Wind­sor will re­ceive over $302,000 from the prov­ince and over $332,000 in fed­eral funds.

Ty­ing into one sys­tem

Brighton’s fund­ing, to­talling $317,392, will pro­vide a ded­i­cated san­i­tary sewer and sep­tic tank sys­tem to Cob­bler Tickle.

Mayor Ste­wart Fil­lier said it will tie in eight-nine homes which were pre­vi­ously on in­di­vid­ual sewer sys­tems.

“Some of the sep­tic sys­tems weren’t up to par,” he said. “Some of them were likely in place for gen­er­a­tions, and they are to the point where they are now break­ing down and caus­ing trou­ble.

“So, it will be a big im­prove­ment for them specif­i­cally.”

Pro­tect­ing the pipeline

Appleton’s fund­ing al­lot­ment of $90,683 – which is in con­junc­tion with Glen­wood — will be used to pro­tect its wa­ter and sewer pipe­lines across the Queen El­iz­a­beth bridge from the el­e­ments.

“We no­ticed a cou­ple of years ago that a piece of the pip­ing was start­ing to sag,” said Mayor Gar­rett Wat­ton. “When it was ten­dered to be re­placed, it was no­ticed the jack­et­ing was in bad shape.”

In se­cur­ing the fund­ing, he said, it en­sures that es­sen­tial ser­vices re­main in place for both com­mu­ni­ties – as Appleton sup­plies wa­ter, and Glen­wood car­ries out sewage treat­ment.

“The fact that we no­ticed it in ad­vance goes to show we are be­ing proac­tive to­wards in­fra­struc­ture,” said Wat­ton.

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