AMHERST – A veteran member of Cumberland municipal council has announced he will be reoffering in this October’s election.
John Kellegrew, who has represented District 2 since 1994, said there are a number of projects he wants to see completed in the coming years including the extension of water to residents in Maccan and Fenwick.
“People in those communities have been living with bad water for too many years,” Kellegrew said. “I’d like to see the Amherst water extended to those communities.”
Amherst and the county have been at odds for years about extending water from the town any further into the county. The last extension saw the town’s water made available to residents in the Nappan area and the experimental farm.
The town has refused to extend the waterline any further, although Kellegrew and municipal council have continued to lobby the town to change its mind.
Kellegrew is also looking forward to see a new water system put in place in Pugwash as well as a wastewater treatment plant in Maccan, the completion of the municipality’s strategic plan and integrated community sustainability plan.
He’s also concerned with delays to the River Hebert school project.
Looking back at the last 18 years, Kellegrew said there is plenty for county residents to be proud of.
“In my 18 years on council I’ve seen and been part of some major achievements for residents that I represent,” Kellegrew said. “They include the new schools, the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, the bridge workshop, the new solid waste collection system, the Cumberland YMCA, the public drinking water fountain, the Pugwash master plan and the Joggins Fossil Centre.”
Kellegrew said he is pleased to have been a member of a council that has supported organizations such as Maccan recreation, Fenwick Boy Scouts, local churches and community halls, 4-H, youth soccer, minor hockey, little league, skating and gymnastics.
He has been a member of numerous committees over the last number of years and is presently a member of the Cape Chignecto Park Committee, the inter-municipal co-operation committee, the Northern Region Solid Waste Committee, a provincial water and wastewater committee and the municipality’s policy and bylaw committee and the occupational health and safety committee.