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Village of Bible Hill hoping for share of federal gas tax money from Colchester County

The Village of Bible Hill is hoping it can convince the Colchester County Council to share a portion of its federal gas tax funding to assist with replacing the aging asphalt sidewalk and storm sewer drain along a portion of Pictou Road. Financial assistance for the project could also enable the village to install a municipal water line at the same time between the Subway restaurant and Blanchard Avenue.
The Village of Bible Hill is hoping it can convince the Colchester County Council to share a portion of its federal gas tax funding to assist with replacing the aging asphalt sidewalk and storm sewer drain along a portion of Pictou Road. Financial assistance for the project could also enable the village to install a municipal water line at the same time between the Subway restaurant and Blanchard Avenue. - Harry Sullivan

BIBLE HILL, N.S. 

The Village of Bible Hill is requesting a portion of Colchester County’s federal gas tax funding to help it undertake a sidewalk/storm sewer line reconstruction project on Pictou Road.

If granted, the shared funding could also make it possible to install a municipal water line in the area

“We would love to be planning for it in our next budget but that is why we’re asking for some cost sharing,” village chairwoman Lois MacCormick said. “In the past we’ve had very much success sharing with the county so we just thought we would put the bug in their ear and ask if we could be considered.”

The village is currently undertaking pre-engineering design work for replacement of the “well-used” existing asphalt sidewalk that runs from 25 Pictou Road (the Subway restaurant) up to 101 Pictou Road (Blanchard Avenue).

The proposed project involves approximately 740 metres of concrete sidewalk, curb and storm sewer drainage.

The water supply to residences and businesses along that stretch is from private wells and MacCormick said it would be an ideal time to also install a municipal water line while the other construction work is taking place.

The Municipality of Colchester receives $1.7 per year in federal gas tax money but villages by themselves are not eligible for a share of the funding.

“The sidewalk is deteriorating there and we really should put a water line in when we have it all ripped up,” MacCormick said. “There is a need and we were hoping that they would share some of the gas tax funding.”

Cost figures for the sidewalk project have yet to be determined.

Colchester County Council directed staff to further investigate the request and report back at a later date.

The county and the village have partnered on a variety of past projects including the recently completed sidewalk on Village Line Avenue.

Installing a water line in the area would also allow for fire hydrants to be installed in front of the Dalhousie University’s Cox Institute building, she said. During last summer’s fire at that site, numerous tanker loads of water had to be trucked to the fire from Truro.

“Let’s hope we never see a situation like that again, first of all,” MacCormick said. “But it is important to have a good (water) draw up Pictou Road.”

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