Truro mayor says the town is in ‘pretty good shape’

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TRURO – Despite some challenges, 2013 has been a good year for the Town of Truro, says its leader.

Truro Mayor Bill Mills says Truro has had a good year, including highlights such as increased value of construction, a decision on a new library and movement on other significant projects. He anticipates 2014 will be just as busy and successful. File photo

“Overall, Truro’s in pretty good shape,” said Truro Mayor Bill Mills, who recently reviewed the year with the Truro Daily News, pinpointing some significant highlights. One of the most important things tackled, said the mayor, was flood mitigation projects, which where assisted by provincial funding of $1 million for flood-related projects.

Along with the Municipality of Colchester County and town staff “we did a lot of work on Harris Avenue and at Truro elementary” including creating retention ponds “and there’s a lot more to do.”

Mills said three tests on that work were done and the projects are “working quite well.”

Another major event for the town, said Mills, was council making a decision to use the old Normal College as the site for a new public library. Discussion on the issue had been ongoing for more than 20 years.

Using the old Normal College “gives us a new library and another

heritage building will be saved. In a year from now people will say, ‘ya, I’m pleased with that decision,’” said Mills, adding some work may begin in January.

The proposed Hilden overpass also continues to take important steps. Mills said the study is complete and “now it’s to raise funding partners.”

“We will apply for funding in the spring. The federal government is on our side” and local politicians are expected to soon seek the provincial government “to get on our side too.”

An overpass in that area would greatly reduce truck traffic on connector roads, which is a concern of many Ward 1 residents.

Mills said 2013 was also different in a very significant way from the previous year.

“The value of construction this year was $20 million. That’s pretty good and almost double that of 2012. It shows Truro has a lot to offer,” he said.

As for 2014, the mayor anticipates a number of projects to be on the forefront of council.

“Getting the library built is top of mind as is a decision on the Hilden overpass,” he said, adding, “what’s exciting for me is to explore the Nova Scotia Community Energy Coalition.”

The initiative focuses on sustainable energy. In April, a project launch event will take place in Halifax and Mills expects to be in attendance.

“It’s to try to form a consensus to launch,” explained Mills, who has “had a number of stabs” trying to get more energy alternatives in the Truro area.

“We’re talking about another energy project for Truro” too, he said, adding it’s too early to share any details.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

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TRURO – Despite some challenges, 2013 has been a good year for the Town of Truro, says its leader.

“Overall, Truro’s in pretty good shape,” said Truro Mayor Bill Mills, who recently reviewed the year with the Truro Daily News, pinpointing some significant highlights. One of the most important things tackled, said the mayor, was flood mitigation projects, which where assisted by provincial funding of $1 million for flood-related projects.

Along with the Municipality of Colchester County and town staff

“we did a lot of work on Harris Avenue and at Truro elementary” including creating retention ponds “and there’s a lot more to do.”

Mills said three tests on that work were done and the projects are

“working quite well.”

Another major event for the town, said Mills, was council making a decision to use the old Normal College as the site for a new public library. Discussion on the issue had been ongoing for more than 20 years.

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Organizations: Normal College, Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Colchester County, Harris Avenue

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