DID YOUR TOWN RECEIVE FUNDING?
Communities across central region benefiting from announcement
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.