Minister of Municipal Affairs, Steve Kent, was in the region on Friday to make some funding announcements that affected three communities on the Baie Verte Peninsula and a community in Green Bay.
It was the first official visit to the region for the new Minister, and in total the investments in the infrastructure of the region that was announced totaled just over $1 million dollars.
Pictured are (L-R) Minister of Municpal Affairs, Steve Kent, with Fleur de Lys Mayor Walsh, MHA Kevin Pollard, Councilor Walsh, Councilor Barrett and Town Clerk Ester Lewis
Kent visited the Dorset Soapstone Museum in Fleur de Lys on Friday to announce that the Provincial Government is committing $401,000 to that community to aid in the construction of their new Municipal building, which will house the Town Hall and Fire Hall.
Kent made the announcement in front of a packed house at the Museum. Fleur de Lys has been anticipating their new building for quite some time, and Friday's announcement indicated the start of the project in that community.
After his announcement in Fleur de Lys, Kent and MHA Kevin Pollard travelled to Pacquet where they brought another big-dollar investment in that town's water system.
$370,000 will be used to install a potable water dispensing unit in that community. According to the Department of Environment and Conservation, a Potable Water Dispensing Unit is "a small-scale water treatment system located in a convenient, central location (that) treats enough water to fulfill the consumptive needs of a community."
Residents in communities with the units use the facilities to gather water from the units with their own containers. Few communities in the province are currently using the units, making Pacquet part of a chosen few. However, according to the Department of Environment, the units provide high-quality drinking water that is cost-effective for a community and a user.
Also in the announcements was the replacement of Trimm's Brook Bridge in the community of Ming's Bight.
Deputy Mayor, Corey Greenham, says the bridge in that town was turned down to heavy equipment last year, and as a result of that the town found it difficult clearing snow in the region the bridge connected with the rest of the community.
"We've been fighting for this for the past year, now, and it was a big priority for council because we needed it replaced right away out of safety," he said. Last year a temporary road across personal property had to be constructed in order to aid in the snow clearing, he said. However, with this $137,000 investment from the Provincial Government, he says he's hopeful the town can return to business as normal.
"The contract has already been awarded, and we're actually hoping the construction will start as early as next week," he said.
Rattling Brook also saw some money on Friday, with $125,000 dollars going into that community to help improve its roads and curb stops.
MHA Kevin Pollard said that the investments in the communities are a testament to Government's commitment to the people of the province, and the work that town council's do.
"I am delighted to see this strong investment for the residents of this area," he said. "Our town councils have worked very hard to bring these projects to fruition, and residents and visitors will all benefit from improved services across the region."