Muir dangles civic centre carrot to Truro, Colchester

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By Jason Malloy
TRURO DAILY NEWS
TRURO - A regional civic centre is back on the front burner but for how long remains to be seen.
Truro-Bible Hill MLA Jamie Muir told the Truro Daily News Tuesday he is trying to arrange a meeting with Truro and Municipality of Colchester officials during the next couple of weeks.
"We hope to have a meeting, which would be facilitated by provincial officials, to put this matter to rest once and for all," he said.
The town and county discussed a civic centre as the centerpiece to the region's failed bid to land the 2011 Canada Winter Games. Despite the loss, the province has committed to funding a project for the region.
The municipalities have had on-again, off-again negotiations during the past couple of years but never settled on final details such as a site.
Muir stopped short of saying the meeting would be a "drop dead" date to have things finalized.
"Clearly how long that money will stay on the table is a real question," the Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations minister said. "There's no shortage of places to put that money. I'd like to see it go into our area."
Muir admitted the process has been frustrating for the region's three Conservative MLAs because the provincial funding has been committed but the municipalities have not come up with a proposal.
"I think the province would dearly love to get a satisfactory proposal, basically write the cheque and allow it to go ahead," Muir said.
Truro received a report in March outlining four options from renovating Colchester Legion Stadium at a cost of between $2.16 million and $11.1 million to adding a new ice surface with bowl seating at a cost of $18.5 million.
In this week's approved budget for 2008-09, the town has set aside $400,000 for the stadium. Mayor Bill Mills said the money was allocated to start the process but no timeline is available. He added the proposed meeting with the province could be a factor.
"There are some developments underway and we have to find out more about those developments, talking to the province of Nova Scotia, then I'll be in a better position to say what's going to happen," he said.

jmalloy@trurodaily.com

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Geographic location: Colchester, Nova Scotia, Canada

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