Call for tender comes after promise from MHA, public meetings
The Department of Transportation and Works has called a tender that will see a recent issue, brought up by citizens on Middle Arm, Burlington and Smith’s Harbour, be addressed.
MHA Kevin Pollard says the tender for brush cutting on route 413 has been called by the Department – an issue that has been the subject of public meetings in recent weeks by individuals who felt they needed to draw attention to what they say is an issue that’s gone too far.
Three public meetings were held and a committee was formed to lobby government to get the brush cut on route 413. The third meeting, where the committee was formed, was put together just last week.
However, MHA Pollard says he told the group at their first public meeting that the brush on route 413 was already an active issue for him and for the department, and the recent action proves that.
“This didn’t happen overnight – this issue has been on the agenda for quite some time now, and as MHA, I’ve been bringing it to the Minister’s attention as a priority for quite a while.”
Pollard is on record as saying similar things back in July, when he sat down with The Nor’wester at that time and addressed brush cutting in the region as one his biggest issues. He also stated then, long before any public meetings were held, that route 413 was his main priority when it came to brush cutting.
“This is a positive step toward action that needed to be taken,” he continued. “As MHA, I’m committed to listening to people in my district and finding out the issues that are important to them, and working on solutions for them.”
Pollard says he isn’t in a position to say whether or not the public meetings influenced the Minister’s decision to release the tender now.
“I don’t know how he works, and how he’s influenced,” he said. “I do know that in meetings with me after the first public meeting, he assured me that there would be brush cutting this fall, and I relayed that message to the towns and those involved with the public meeting. I guess this is the evidence of that promise we’re seeing here now.”
The tender closes on October 10, and while no announcement has been made on how much brush cutting will be done this year, the tender calls for less than $100,000 dollars worth.
More details are expected to be released once the scope of work is finalized by Government.