PARRSBORO – The provincial government is coming through with half of the money needed for Parrsboro’s wastewater treatment pre-design study.
Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey announced the $35,000 commitment as one of 10 high-priority municipal infrastructure projects receiving support from the Provincial Capital Assistance Program.
"Water supply, sewage disposal and solid waste projects can place significant cost burdens on municipal governments and their residents," said Furey. "This funding can help ease that burden, meaning needed capital improvements can be completed sooner."
Funding under the program is limited and ranked according to specific criteria. Projects that eliminate serious environmental health problems get priority.
The Municipality of Cumberland County will receive $116,800 (half of the $233,600 total) in funding for a water boosting station on Trider Road in Maccan.
Parrsboro Mayor Lois Smith was thrilled to receive the news, and said it will be a big help as the town moves toward having sewage treatment in place by 2020.
“It will take a fair amount of time to decide what we need here in size and capacity,” she said. “Having some assistance with the funding means we can move forward a little bit faster.”
The town would have been moving forward with the study with or without provincial assistance, but will make good use of this funding, according to CAO Ray Hickey.
“It’s big,” he said. “Obviously it’s very important, and the next step towards building a sewage treatment plant, which will be costly.”