Funding train rolls through the region

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Several towns receive money from Government

Minister of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs, Dan Crummell is continuing his funding announcement tour of the province this week, and after a stop in Grand Falls-Windsor, he came to this area with some big cheques as well on Monday and Tuesday.

Dan Crummell

Between the districts of Baie Verte-Springdale and Grand Falls-Windsor-Green Bay South, Government is providing approximately $4.82 million dollars in municipal infrastructure funding and money for fire services.

All that money will be cost-shared with the various communities receiving funding - two of which are in the form of new fire trucks.

The majority of the funding will go to municipal infrastructure in Baie Verte-Springdale, where Springdale will receive $2 million for water and sewer, storm sewer and paving work on several roads in that community, as well as the purchase and installation of flow meters.

The Fire Hall and Town Hall projects currently underway in Baie Verte and Fleur de Lys received additional funding which was needed to complete the projects. Baie Verte received an additional half-million dollars, and Fleur de Lys just over $300,000.

Burlington will see the initial phase of water and sewer extension with an investment of $350,000 and Little Bay will see some paving to the tune of $146,000.

In Green Bay South, Triton will also get funding to help with their Fire Hall expansion to the tune of $500,000 along with $40,000 for a study of their water treatment system.

Port Anson will see improvements to their water as well with funding provided of $500,000 and Miles Cove is getting $200,000 for their water and sewer as well.

In the world of Fire Services, Crummell announced two new fire trucks while he was in the region.

Westport will get a new truck valued at over $145,000, and Pilley's Island will be in the market for a new rural rescue unit at just over $125,000.

Burlington, King's Point and La Scie also received $18,000 a piece to purchase new equipment, while Robert's Arm and Triton are getting $58,000 each.

While Crummell was making the announcments in this area and other areas of the province, though, Liberal Opposition critic Eddie Joyce was criticizing the government for political bias.

Joyce says that of the $71 million in funding given out through Crummell's department since January, only $1.14 million of that has gone to a district not represented by a PC MHA.


Organizations: Fire Services, PC MHA

Geographic location: Baie Verte-Springdale, Baie Verte, Fleur de Lys Burlington Little Bay Green Bay South Port Anson Westport Pilley's Island La Scie

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