STELLARTON – The Town of Stellarton has had funding approved for its portion of the Trans Canada Trail.
Recreation director Paul Corbin made the announcement at Monday’s town council meeting. He said $155,000 has been approved to construct the trail near the Albion Business Park.
Corbin said one remaining item needs to be looked after before construction can start – the land use agreement has to be signed. “It’s the final piece before we can begin construction.”
Corbin also plans to apply for another grant to offset any costs over and above the $155,000.
The Trans Canada Trail was started in 1992 as a project to celebrate Canada’s 125th year, and will be one of the world’s longest networks of multi-use recreational trails when it’s completed in July 2017.
STELLARTON – Town engineer Bob Funke told councillors at Monday night’s council meeting that quite a bit of damage occurred to the town’s sidewalks over the winter. “A tremendous number of sidewalks have heaved,” he said.
Also, some damage was caused by snowplows.
He said his department will be prioritizing the damage to determine what repairs need to be made, and he suggested to councillors that a certain amount be set aside in the budget each year to repair sidewalks.
“People that walk can get seriously hurt if we’re not careful about how we look after the sidewalks,” said Funke.
He also plans to develop an ongoing program to deal with sidewalk maintenance.
Meanwhile, the sidewalks on the Pleasant Street extension should be completed this week. Work began in the fall and then was delayed over the winter because of the weather.
PICTOU – Tenders for the redesign of the area near the Pictou Rotary are expected to be posted by Friday.
Town of Pictou CAO Scott Conrod said during Monday’s committee meeting that the tenders will only be posted for two weeks. Work is expected to start on the project his summer and when it is finished it will improve the flow of traffic and open new commercial development spots.