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Liberals stick to Newfoundland and Labrador municipal capital works plan

Premier Dwight Ball provides an update on the new acute hospital during a press conference on the 10th floor of the Sir Richard Squires Building on Friday morning.
Premier Dwight Ball - Dave Kearsey

Premier and minister issue pre-budget spending announcement

Newfoundland and Labrador’s financial challenges were front and centre at a pre-budget announcement in St. John’s Wednesday morning.

Speaking about $10.6 million being set aside by the province for capital works spending in municipalities in 2018-19, Premier Dwight Ball mentioned the “challenging fiscal situation” and a need for the government to spend wisely.

The Liberals’ announcement showed essentially a steady hand at the tiller, with the money being part of the three-year, $100-million spending plan for cost-shared municipal capital works announced a year ago.

The provincial funding will be added to municipal cash, for a total of roughly $16.2 million in newly approved projects, in 48 communities.

The projects mainly cover upkeep, additions and investigations for water and wastewater infrastructure (after a new emphasis placed on those essential projects by the provincial and federal government), but there are also contributions to road upgrades, town and fire hall repairs, work on the Burnt Islands causeway, breakwater upgrades in Point Au Gaul and even an ice plant for the town arena in Cox’s Cove.

He acknowledged there is an ongoing provincial infrastructure deficit, but gave credit to municipalities for setting aside their share of money required to leverage federal dollars for larger projects, to look toward bringing the demands down over time.

The next provincial budget is coming on Tuesday, March 27. Ball was asked about any particular themes and generally what might be expected.

“You can expect, from any government that I lead, steady as she goes. Stability. Discipline when it comes to fiscal management, but always finding ways to invest in our communities,” he said.

There was vocal appreciation from both Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador president Tony Keats and Jim Organ, executive director of the Heavy Civil Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, for the province’s willingness to address capital works spending.

Keats said there has been a change for the better in what municipalities are pursing and the relationship with the government to get there.

“We know where the money needs to go. So every dollar that we get, we put it where it needs to go and not into foolish infrastructure stuff,” he said.

At the same time, he said, there is still an estimated billion dollars in infrastructure work required in municipalities over the next 10 years. It’s necessary infrastructure. It’s water and sewer. It’s clean drinking water. He noted towns are continuing discussions with the federal government as they fall short of new wastewater regulations or are challenged by the costs for required wastewater monitoring.

Municipal Capital Works: 2018-2019

The complete list of planned, cost-shared projects under the provincial Municipal Capital Works program is as follows:

Community

Project

Project Value

Provincial Contribution

Municipal Contribution

Appleton

Watermain Extension - Steele Ave

$305,000

$248,926

$27,658

Badger

Hydrants and Water/Sewer Extensions

$705,000

$575,387

$63,932

Bauline

Alternate Power Supply Emergency Operating Center/Town Hall

$220,000

$99,752

$99,752

Bird Cove

Waterline Upgrade - Big Droke

$575,000

$401,501

$119,929

Burnt Islands

Upgrade Causeway

$145,000

$65,746

$65,746

Change Islands

Roof Repairs for Community Centre

$22,500

$12,242

$8,162

Chapel Arm

Water and Sewer Feasibility Study

$31,000

$25,301

$2,811

Conception Harbour

Road upgrading and repaving

$250,000

$113,354

$113,354

Cormack

Firehall Extension

$105,000

$57,131

$38,087

Cox's Cove

Ice plant for Town Arena

$31,471

$17,123

$11,416

Deer Lake

Water Study (Water Filter)

$45,000

$32,646

$8,162

Embree

Fire Pump and Automatic Backwashing System Upgrade

$495,000

$359,107

$89,777

Forresters Point

Water System Phase 1A

$170,000

$138,746

$15,416

Gillams

Upgrades To Fire Hall/Town Hall

$325,000

$176,833

$117,889

Glovertown

Fire Hall - Early Design Initiative

$65,000

$35,367

$23,578

Harbour Main-Chapel's Cove-Lakeview

New Flow Limiting/Meter Building

$170,000

$138,746

$15,416

Humber Arm South

Sewer System Study - John's Beach

$50,000

$40,808

$4,534

L'Anse au Clair

Community Centre/Town Office/Fire Hall

$2,000,000

$1,088,202

$725,468

Lawn

Power House Road Water & Sewer System Extension & Upgrading

$1,575,000

$1,285,438

$142,826

Little Bay (Notre Dame Bay)

Water System Pump Upgrades

$180,000

$146,907

$16,323

Massey Drive

Sanitary Sewer Lift Station Emergency Power Generators

$300,000

$136,025

$136,025

Meadows

Municipal Equipment Storage Garage

$360,000

$195,876

$130,584

Millertown

Sanitary Sewer Investigation

$150,000

$122,423

$13,603

Milltown-Head of Bay d'Espoir

Water/Sewer Upgrading and repairs to road

$460,000

$375,430

$41,714

Ming's Bight

Portable water dispensing unit

$220,000

$179,553

$19,950

Musgrave Harbour

Lift station upgrade

$200,000

$163,230

$18,137

Nain

Nain Water/Sewer Chamber Separation

$550,000

$448,883

$49,876

North River

2018 Street Paving

$255,000

$115,621

$115,621

North West River

Local Roads Resurfacing

$160,000

$72,547

$72,547

North West River

Little Lake Sewage Lift Stations Retrofit

$450,000

$367,268

$40,808

Petty Harbour - Maddox Cove

Water Valve Replacements in Petty Harbour - Maddox Cove

$590,000

$481,529

$53,503

Point au Gaul

Breakwater Upgrades

$270,000

$220,361

$24,485

Port au Port East

Emergency Generators

$125,000

$56,677

$56,677

Random Island West

New Fire Halll

$1,000,000

$544,101

$362,734

Robert's Arm

Storm Water Infiltration Investigation

$65,000

$53,050

$5,894

Seal Cove (White Bay)

Chlorination System Upgrades

$265,000

$216,280

$24,031

Small Point-Adam's Cove-Blackhead-Broad Cove

Completion of New Firehall

$225,000

$122,423

$81,615

Southern Harbour

Construction of New Town Office, Fire Hall, and Community Centre

$1,500,000

$816,151

$544,101

Spaniard's Bay

Emergency Backup Generator - Chlorination Plant

$95,000

$43,075

$43,075

St. George's

Extension To Fire Hall

$320,000

$174,112

$116,075

St. Joseph's

Paving Local Roads

$170,000

$77,081

$77,081

St. Lunaire - Griquet

Disaster Mitigation Study - White Cape Harbour

$32,500

$26,525

$2,947

Stephenville

Well Field Back-up Generator

$155,000

$70,280

$70,280

Traytown

Conduct Well Drilling and Water Testing - Phase 2

$105,000

$85,696

$9,522

Trepassey

Fire Hall Extension

$55,000

$29,926

$19,950

Twillingate

Street Paving

$235,000

$106,553

$106,553

Twillingate

Park Road Water and Sewer Extension

$245,000

$199,957

$22,217

Upper Island Cove

Recreation Centre Backup Generator

$150,000

$68,013

$68,013

West St. Modeste

Electrical Fund Overrun

$21,000

$17,139

$1,904

Witless Bay

New Regional Fire Station Feasibility Study

$55,000

$29,926

$19,950

Totals:

$16,248,471

$10,674,974

$4,059,708

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