Amherst adjusting capital budget for three priorities

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To allow town to take advantage of Building Canada money

Amherst is adjusting its capital budget so it can take advantage of potential Building Canada funding.

Amherst is adjusting its capital budget so it can take advantage of potential Building Canada funding.

AMHERST – Amherst is going to adjust its capital budget so it can take full advantage of the new Building Canada Fund.

Deputy CAO Jason MacDonald told council’s June committee-of-the-whole meeting on Monday that the provincial Municipal Affairs Department has asked all municipalities to submit up to three priorities for the application process.

“In order to do this, a motion must be passed by council to establish our priorities,” MacDonald said. “Furthermore, the projects should be listed on our five-year capital budget.”

MacDonald said staff is proposing the Mill Street trunk sanitary sewer, valued at $1 million; the rehabilitation of Willow Street, valued at $747,000; and the Station Street sanitary/storm sewer separation be the three priorities for the fund.

He said the Mill Street project is not currently on the town’s capital budget and staff are suggesting it be placed on Year 2 of the five-year plan while Station Street be moved from the third to fourth to allow for proper planning.

MacDonald said when staff were looking for projects they were looking for those with a bigger price tag to take advantage of the federal and provincial funding.

He also pointed out that the Mill Street sanitary sewer is in need of replacement soon. He said it’s made of century-old clay pipe that has stood the test of time but is nearing the end of its lifespan.

He said the sanitary sewer receives a lot of storm water, especially during heavy rain events and sometimes water can back up.

The Willow Street project would see the street repaved from Spring to East Pleasant Street along with replacing a culvert that will aid in stormwater management.

Organizations: Building Canada Fund, Municipal Affairs Department

Geographic location: Mill Street, Willow Street, Canada East Pleasant Street

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