Premier, ministers try to rekindle civic centre project

Colin MacLean
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TRURO - Premier Rodney MacDonald was in Colchester on Monday trying to jump start talks between the municipalities on a regional civic centre.
All of the concerned parties were there and everyone got a chance to clear the air.
MacDonald was very candid and basically laid out the province's position on the construction of a centre, said local MLA and Minister of Municipal Relations Jamie Muir.
The Town of Truro and Colchester County have had intermittent talks revolving around the civic centre issue for years.
But they have been unable to nail down any details such as a location or even if constructing a new centre is necessary.
For its part, the county's position has changed little as a result of Monday's meeting.
Colchester County Mayor Mike Smith did say they are willing to sit down and talk with anyone if it means advancing the goal of a new centre.
"I have no interest in disrespecting the town, I just want us to build a civic centre and I want all the shareholders to pay their fair share," said Smith.
Truro Mayor Bill Mills couldn't be reached for comment in time for publication.
"There is money allocated for this area, but there are a lot of other places where money is needed.
"So if some progress isn't shown soon it's going to be very hard to keep that money on the table," said Muir. "At the end of the meeting I was more encouraged than when I went in.
"To have the premier, plus three cabinet ministers, in a room talking about a single project with a group of people, gives a pretty strong message of the province's interest in this," he said.

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Geographic location: TRURO, Colchester County

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