County council focusing on three big projects this summer

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PICTOU – County council has agreed to take the money out of its own coffers to pay for three infrastructure projects this summer. 

After some debate on what projects need to be completed this summer, Warden Ron Baillie asked that council pass a motion Tuesday that funding be approved for three large wastewater projects.

The projects include the extension of wastewater in Greenhill, sewer separation on Milne Street, as well as West Branch Road wastewater extension. The total of all three projects will cost the county $6.9 million.

Council had initially said it would wait until its budget talks in the summer to discuss the approval of the projects with the hope that some joint funding would be available through the federal government’s Building Canada Fund.  

However, Baillie pointed out that these three projects needed to be approved sooner rather than later because it was holding up development in these areas.

“When we enter into these agreements, we have to keep up our end of the bargain,” he said.

Council’s total list of infrastructure projects to be completed in the next five years includes $14 million worth of wastewater work. The extension of the McLellans Brook/Plymouth wastewater project is still top on council’s list of work to be done, but it is also one of the most expensive.  

Baillie said if funding comes through this year from the Building Canada Fund, it will be used to help cover the costs of this project. 

Organizations: Building Canada Fund, West Branch

Geographic location: Milne Street

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