County to finance $2.6-million project
Amherst has formally approved a memorandum of understanding that will see town water extended to Maccan.
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Amherst has formally approved extending its water lines into the community of Maccan.
AMHERST – Amherst has formally approved a plan to bring water from the town to residents of Maccan.
Town council voted Monday to approve entering into a memorandum of understanding between the Municipality of Cumberland and the Amherst Water Utility to extend domestic water services to Maccan.
“This positive inter-municipal project will ensure a safe, high quality water supply for the new utility customers and properly constructed water utility infrastructure at no cost to the town’s water utility,” Deputy Mayor Lisa Emery told council at its October meeting.
The project will see the town’s water line extended from the Nappan experimental farm into the community of Maccan. The town will be co-ordinating and ordering the work and the Municipality of Cumberland will be paying for the survey, design and installation costs.
The memorandum has already been approved by the county.
Emery said customers of the Maccan water system will be treated the same as other utility customers with rates, rules and regulations set by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.
Coun. George Baker asked who will be responsible for maintenance of the water line after it’s installed. Amherst CAO Greg Herrett said the water utility is responsible for the management of the project from start to finish and that the utility will be responsible for the line just as it’s responsible for its other customers.
Herrett said the county is financing the entire project, valued at $2.6 million.
Maccan residents voted in favour of accepting the water line during a municipal polls of property owners. Of the 115 who received the petition in the mail, 59 said yes and 33 said no. Twenty-two ballots were not returned and one came in after the Aug. 2 deadline.