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More important than the provincial budget and more relevant than the federal budget - both of which could throw Nova Scotia or all of Canada into elections - Springhill and its citizens will be waiting with baited breath for its town council to hand down its last budget.

More important than the provincial budget and more relevant than the federal budget - both of which could throw Nova Scotia or all of Canada into elections - Springhill and its citizens will be waiting with baited breath for its town council to hand down its last budget.
Without a doubt, as one councilor put it, Springhill is a town under construction. Upgrades to water mains, sewer lines and the construction of a water treatment plant are grand successes but overshadowed by rotten sidewalks, treacherous streets and a general insufficiency of opportunity. Frankly, the town is at its wits-end. There are many miles in Springhill that need attention and there is simply no money for all of them.
As noted by Mayor Guy Brown at last week's committee of the whole, the Herrett Rd. - which just so happens to be the main road near his worship's dwelling and this was the second occasion Brown gave the Herrett Rd. reference in as little as two months- is in serious need of repairs. As noted by Town Engineer John Kelly a lot of the streets in Springhill are in need of repairs.
But Springhill is not alone. The province is also in the same boat with its aging infrastructure and bridges, which are averaging 18 years in age. Then again, we have also seen the province pave the main roads all around Springhill. What was taking place in Springhill for the previous 18 years that would justify such erosion and wear? Pock marked brickwork on our main sidewalks; potholes the size of flower pots in cement sidewalks and roads neatly dissected every few metres or so.
The infrastructure in Springhill is a liability. It stands to cause physical harm to citizens, generate endless lawsuits by playing a role in the damage of personal property -- ie. vehicles -- and is a major deterrent in welcoming tourists to stay and see the town after they've landed. Further, its deterioration is simply an insult to tax payers who have doled out their dollars each year without so much as asking if this would be the year some streets were finally paved in Springhill.
It will take time to correct and mend but second to a permanent location for the community's public works should be at the forefront of the upcoming budget and not side-barred into someone's wish list.

Geographic location: Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada

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