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Government erects new sign for Coley's Point replacement

Construction will start next fiscal year: MHA Pam Parsons


Published on July 16, 2017

The provincial government erected a new sign recently next to land earmarked for a new school to replace Coley's Point Primary.

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CONCEPTION BAY NORTH, NL — Students may still be a few years away from entering new classrooms, but the province is for now offering new visuals to wet the appetite of parents waiting for the replacement of Coley's Point Primary.

Government recently installed a new sign on land next to Amalgamated Academy on Eric Dawe Drive. The province expropriated the land in 2015.

"That certainly shows a commitment to the Coley's Point replacement," Harbour Grace-Port de Grave MHA Pam Parsons said.

According to Parsons, $950,000 is allocated for the current fiscal year. She said it's her understanding that money will mostly take care of purchasing the land.

During her latest meeting with the deputy minister of Transportation and Works, Parsons learned the plan is for construction to start in the 2017-18 fiscal year.

At a meeting last year with Conception Bay North Joint Council, Transportation and Works Minister Al Hawkins said the province had offered the owners $550,000, but that they wanted $1 million.

A spokesperson for the owners told The Compass last week the land has not been paid for and government has not asked what the selling price may be.

The replacement of Coley's Point Primary, which is more than 60 years old, was budgeted back in 2014 under the Progressive Conservative government, with $2 million budgeted the following fiscal year.

The Liberals deferred replacing the school with its first budget following the 2015 election, before announcing funds for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

The planned replacement for Coley's Point Primary has been deferred for three years following an announcemnt made during Budget 2016.
Compass file photo

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Parsons shared further news about funding in her district during a recent chat with The Compass. Through the provincial Job Creation Partnerships program, funding in excess of $80,000 was provided to the Town of Harbour Grace for upgrades around the tourist chalet and work on the new walking trail. The province also pitched in with $45,000 for the new community garden.

The new bathroom facility for the ball field in Butlerville is set to receive $10,000 from the province. Parsons also noted line painting is underway in the district.

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