County wants specs on sidewalk to hospital

Raissa Tetanish
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AMHERST - Cumberland County wants more information before saying yes or no to paying for a sidewalk to the local hospital.

During the county's council meeting Wednesday afternoon, District 9 councillor John Reid said the county has never officially been asked at a council level to fund the sidewalk.

"I'd like to know what would it cost to have something like that done," said Reid, in response to correspondence from Amherst Mayor Robert Small.

The Town of Amherst is hoping to work with the county on the issue. The town will fund the sidewalk from Robert Angus Drive to the town limit if the county will continue the sidewalk to the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre.

The issue, however, is the four lanes that connect to the Trans Canada Highway.

At the meeting, council decided to make a direction for staff to work with the town to get some of the details councilors were requesting.

"The specs, the route, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal approval, the estimated costs," said chief administrative officer Rennie Bugley. "We'll bring that back to a future council (meeting)."

District 1's Gerald Read said the staff should look at the prospect of the sidewalk to the hospital.

"We're preaching to the community as far as physical exercise and people walking. If we're not willing to at least look at the aspect of putting the sidewalk there, then all we're doing is shooting ourselves in the foot," he said.

"We definitely should be doing this."

Organizations: Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Trans Canada Highway, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland County

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