RIVER JOHN – County council will be kicking in some money to help the Royal Canadian Legion in River John fix its sewer.
Warden Ron Baillie said during a property services meeting Monday that the Legion’s sewer system has failed and it is going to cost about $60,000 to extend the sewer system to the area to reach the building.
“It's a small group out there and they have only about seven members who would have to borrow the money to get this done,” he said.
River John is one of the county’s rural areas that has a sewer system in place, but it does not extend to the road in front of the Legion. However, he said, he checked with neighbouring homes and at least one resident would be interested in hooking up to the system if it was extended to accommodate the Legion.
The lateral would need to be extended close to 600 feet and the total cost of the project would be about $61,000. County has agreed to chip in $30,000 for the extension work while it is hoped that the Legion and province might be able to help out with the other funding costs.
Baillie suggested the county look at a 10-year agreement with the Legion that would see it pay $10,000 a year for the work and it could also apply for municipal service grants to help offset its fundraising.
“It is the only Legion left in the county and they absorb most of the cost themselves,” he said, adding that the Legion hall is still rented out in the community and its bar is open every Saturday afternoon.
“This is something we should do for the people that served their country,” said Coun. Robert Parker.
He also asked if the building would be used in the community for that long.
“Our veterans are all aging. Is there community uses for such a building if the Legion decides it’s already done?” Parker asked.
Baillie responded by saying he believes the community would make use of the building and that this work, along with some other renovations, would extend its life another 25 years.
“They put on a new roof, fixed up the kitchen and modified the downstairs a bit,” Baillie said. “There is a horseshoe pit and washer toss boxes outside and the garden and Legion are used for some weddings. The building itself is in good shape and it can be used for another 25 or 30 years, if not more.”
Coun. Leonard Fraser made the motion to extend the sewer lateral and it was approved by all present councillors. It is expected to get the final approval at November’s council meeting.
“The Legion thanks you very much,” said Baillie.