TRURO – Colchester County council is hoping the federal government will provide funding for some major projects.
Debert projects high on list of recommendations for federal funding, says county council
The government requested a list of three or four capital projects the municipality wishes to pursue in the coming years. The intention is for the federal Build Canada Plan to have an infrastructure fund of $10 billion over 10 years to help municipalities with some major projects.
Keeping in mind council doesn’t know if, or how much, of that funding would be given to the county, councillors recently discussed at its monthly meeting which projects they’d like to submit for consideration.
Various projects in Debert were hot topics, including the proposed roundabout, which would be off Highway 104 at McElmonds Road.
“The roundabout in Debert definitely needs to be on here,” said Coun. Doug MacInnes.
Coun. Wade Parker agreed, adding, “the longer we talk about it the longer nothing gets done. It’s time.”
Upgrades to the Debert airport were also on the minds of councillors.
“The airport is very important because of all the smaller planes (it could accommodate), it would open it up more and (offer) ideas for development,” said Coun. Christine Blair.
Deputy mayor Bill Masters also reminded council it had talked about the importance of working on the Debert water tower only a few months ago.
Ultimately, council decided to recommend the Debert roundabout and water tower, sewer upgrades in Truro Heights and upgrades to the Debert airport. The motion was unanimous.
Coun. MacInnes was also interested in including the Hilden interchange project to the list.
The county’s staff had recommended the Debert airport and water tower upgrades as well as sewer upgrades in Truro Heights.
Other projects on the staff’s list of recommendations included
expansion and upgrades of the Debert sewage treatment plant, the Hilden interchange and upgrades to the Wade Road sewer, water and road alignment.