New Glasgow to take possession of three schools

John Brannen jbrannen@ngnews.ca
Published on June 17, 2014

NEW GLASGOW – The Town of New Glasgow has earmarked $3.5 million in capital spending on several projects throughout the municipality.

The capital spending budget was announced at Monday’s town council meeting.

“The items in capital spending reflect the priority of the council,” said town CAO Lisa MacDonald.

The $3,562,900 capital budget will see spending on roads, sidewalks, upgrades to town structures and other items. This budget made room for spending on buildings the town will soon own.

The town will acquire three school buildings whose students will be attending New Glasgow Academy this fall. Temperance Street, Acadia Street and the Brown school will be transferred to the town sometime after New Glasgow Academy opens.

A $50,000 allocation for the surplus school work relates to structural engineer studies and energy efficiency studies so a surplus school advisory committee can make fact-based decisions regarding future opportunities for the buildings. One of the main groups related to our surplus schools is the 55+ group.

“From municipal standpoint, we have interest keeping one school for organizations requiring space to meet,” said MacDonald. “We have a large artist community, for example, looking for space.”

Other capital expenditures include display cabinets for memorabilia from the John Brother MacDonald Stadium and New Glasgow Junior High, which will be on display at town hall.

There will be upgrades to the Community destination centre and roofing work on the Carmichael Stewart House Museum. The town will also purchase a community destination sign along the Trans Canada Highway.

On the street level, $600,000 has been allocated for street paving while $150,000 has been earmarked for sidewalk upgrades. Traffic lights upgrades will total $90,000.

New Glasgow will also install Pictou County’s first electric car charging station. The closest charging station is located in Tatamagouche.

The New Glasgow Regional Police Service will receive an electronic fingerprinting device, which is federally mandated along with upgrades to current cellblocks. Digital video cameras will also be installed for those cars without. The New Glasgow Fire Department will receive new pagers.

These capital expenditures will also see the relocation of the South End playground to the Ward One Centre, phase three of the downtown development, which includes installing a heater and stage area to the New Glasgow Farmers Market building.

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