Pictou County to benefit from infrastructure funding

Amanda Jess
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TRENTON - Pictou County residents will have improvements to water, wastewater and road infrastructure through an investment of $3.09 million by federal, provincial and municipal governments.

Trenton Mayor Glen MacKinnon speaks at the announcement on Dec. 7. AMANDA JESS - THE NEWS 

Peter MacKay, federal Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Cumberland North MLA Terry Farrell, on behalf of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Mark Furey, Glen MacKinnon, Trenton Mayor, and Joe Hawes, Pictou Mayor, announced funding for three projects on Dec. 7 in Trenton council chambers.

"The government is proud to contribute to the joint $2.75-million investment provided through the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund for these three important infrastructure initiatives in Nova Scotia," MacKay said. "This once again shows our commitment to help ensure Canadian communities remain among the best in the world to live."

Upgrades will be made to water utilities in the Town of Pictou, including refurbishing the water tower, replacing the distribution line, and other drinking-water related infrastructure.

In Trenton, approximately 565 metres of combined sewers will be separated.

Lastly, nine kilometres of Highway 348 in Pictou County, from Blue Acres to Springville/Churchville line, will be repaved.

The three projects will receive $2.75 million in joint funding from the provincial and federal governments and an additional $342,000 from the towns of Trenton and Pictou for the sewer separation and the water utility upgrades.

"Infrastructure is the biggest concern for small communities today. This support by our federal and provincial counterparts is essential to our sustainability," MacKinnon said. "The Town of Trenton is very appreciative of the continued support from our federal and provincial partners. This is a very good day for our town as we continue phase two of our storm sewer separation plan."

The funding announced today plays a significant part in the Town of Pictou's plan for drinking water infrastructure upgrades.

"This investment will go a long way to completing phase one and Pictou looks forward to a continued partnership with the federal and provincial governments to see the project through to completion," said Mr. Hawes. "On behalf of our residents, I would like to thank the federal and provincial representatives for their continued interest and support for this important part of public infrastructure."


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