TRURO – Delays in flood prevention projects came from municipal governments, not the province, says the MLA for Truro Bible Hill.
Lenore Zann told the Truro Daily News that comments made during this week’s Truro town council blaming the provincial government for project delays were misleading. Zann said the province was waiting for information from municipal officials.
At the meeting, Coun. Raymond Tynes said the provincial government “didn’t seem to have a problem with us starting before but now they want us to wait. I’m getting sick and tired of … having to go through a maze all the time.”
“I was surprised the councillor said we were dragging our feet when we were waiting for the town and county to provide us with information,” Zann said this week.
In April, the provincial government announced $15 million worth of funding for flood mitigation projects for flood-prone areas across Nova Scotia. The first $2 million was earmarked for Colchester County, particularly Truro, Bible Hill, Millbrook and Salmon River.
At the time, Zann said, a request for project proposals from Truro, the county and Millbrook were sought but “the province did not receive any applications until July 12 … and what they received at that time was very sparse in details. Millbrook First Nation's application came a couple of weeks after the others but was much more detailed and succinct.”
Zann said in order to approve projects more details were required and provincial engineering experts needed to look at the proposed locations to better understand the requests.
Now that permits and funding for proposed projects are approved, “it is now up to the town and county to hire contractors and plan for the necessary supplies,” said Zann in an email to this paper.
She said work on various projects, “will be starting very soon … before the end of September.”
Projects include dike work behind Stanfields in Truro, bank stabilization in Murray Siding, a retention pond near Truro Elementary School and work on Avon Street in Bible Hill.
Approval to dredge the Salmon and North rivers requires permission from the federal government, added Zann.
She said the Department of Environment has indicated to the Department of Fisheries that it’s a priority.