Top News

Harbour Grace finalizes capital works priorities

Provincial-federal funds to fix up Harvey Street are reportedly off the table.
Work on Harvey Street is once again topping the list of capital works priorities for the Town of Harbour Grace. - FILE/THE COMPASS
HARBOUR GRACE, N.L. —

The Town of Harbour Grace is submitting a new five-year capital works plan to the provincial government, with upgrades to Harvey Street once again topping the list.

At the Sept. 23 regular meeting, council adopted a motion outlining five priority items the town will look to receive support from the Multi-Year Capital Works program. The number one item on the list is phase five of the Harvey Street upgrades, which would involve water and sewer upgrades, paving and storm sewer work. The second item would be an upgrade to Mercer's Well, which serves residents of Riverhead and has been plagued by problems over the years. The third, fourth, fifth and sixth items on the list are, respectively, water and sewer upgrades for Bannerman Street, LeMarchant Street, Southside Road and Cochrane Street.

At Monday's meeting, council also voted to scrap an agreement with Carbonear engineering firm Harris and Associate for phase four work on Harvey Street, and subsequently passed a motion to seek a new written quote from the same firm for the project.

In July, both the provincial and federal government announced funding to support a $1.134-million phase four project for Harvey Street involving water, sewer and street upgrades. At a subsequent Harbour Grace council meeting in August, Mayor Don Coombs said this amount still fell short by approximately $900,000 of what would be needed to look after catch basins, storm sewers, curbing and gutters. Funding for upgrades were previously announced in 2017 just before the last municipal election, with the project totalling $2 million. That financing was contingent on the town taking ownership of the provincial road. The current council has vehemently opposed doing that.

On Monday, Coombs said it's unlikely phase four work will begin this year, but added there's a lot of activity happening related to the project.

"We're doing everything we can on Harvey Street," he said.

editor@cbncompass.ca

SEE RELATED:

'More funds needed before Harvey Street work can start: Harbour Grace mayor'

'Harbour Grace no longer obligated to take over Harvey Street'

'Harbour Grace loses funding for Harvey Street upgrades'

'Harbour Grace makes pitch to take over Harvey Street'

Recent Stories