Millions of dollars in upgrades are planned for the Bruce II Sports Centre next year, and the town is still actively seeking money to do even more.– © René J. Roy / Wreckhouse Press Inc.

PORT AUX BASQUES — Residents and visitors may have to exercise some extra patience next year as the town has scheduled a significant number of infrastructure projects, and that’s not including the ongoing Hurricane Fiona repair efforts. Funding for this work has come from all levels of government.

“A lot of the projects have a federal funding portion, provincial, and municipal,” said Town Manager Leon MacIsaac last Wednesday, Nov. 30. “Our portion on the majority of the projects is only 20 per cent, except for one project – the municipal salt shed – and that one is 40 per cent.”

The new salt shed will be constructed near the town depot area on Hopedale Avenue, but that was not able to be done in time for this winter season, so the town is working in partnership with the Department of Transportation and Highways to use their salt mix supply in the interim.

Other projects not yet completed that have been carried over from 2020 and 2021 will carry over into next year. That includes the Grand Bay Bottom Sewer Project, which is still in Phase One. The 20 per cent of the town’s portion for that project is $494,000.

“The Grand Bay Bottom Sewer Project Phase One, that project was $2.7 million and there’s still $1.5 million left to be spent on that project which would be the outfall and treatment portion of that project,” said MacIsaac. “Starting down by Bob’s Chicken Coop – High Street – the Chinese Restaurant there, working up towards Irving Station, so that whole system, we’re going to put in the outfalls there, so we have to put in a treatment area.”

All work involved in that sewer project will have to meet federal standards for primary and secondary waste treatment.

“The treatment side of it will be taking place this coming summer, so that will be $1.5 million on that one. Phase Two has been awarded to consultants, which is from the Irving station, up Grand Bay Road, as far as Allen’s Road. That is $2.9 million, (the full amount for) that portion of the project. Our portion of that is roughly a half million dollars at 20 per cent.”

Previously announced green modifications to the Bruce II Sports Centre will also move forward.

“We received $1.2 million under the Climate Change Challenge Fund to retrofit the heating system at the Bruce II. That is still ongoing and it’s for the conversion from fossil fuels to electrical systems up there. That’s still with the consultants and will be implemented in the spring.”

The town also sourced funds for more repairs and upgrades.

“We also received funding in the amount of $2,326,000 from the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Fund to go towards retrofits on the building, the roof, siding, windows, and doors. It’s to address any areas that are in deterioration,” said MacIsaac. “That’s for the Bruce only. In the Bruce there is approximately $3.5 million of funding we’ve received towards revitalizing the Bruce II building and I’m still applying for more because it is very expensive to retrofit that building.”

There is a particular system MacIsaac is looking to upgrade should the additional funding applications prove successful.

“The conversion of the ice making system so it will be something more energy efficient as well,” said MacIsaac. “There’s different ice systems around Canada that I’ve looked at. It depends on the funding, whether or not it’s available. It’s a cold-water ice system . Still got a fair bit of work and investigation to do into it, but it’s creating a sheet of ice from cold water rather than hot water. There’s still a bit more research to do into it, not sure if it’s the right route to go, but we’ve still got a bit more work, looking into that. We’re looking to garner another $1-2 million towards that program.”

The town also has the 2021 capital works projects that still need to be completed.

“That’s the ones we applied for last year, carried into 2022. That was $4,845,000 in projects there, with our portion being $1.1 million,” said MacIsaac. “Then we’ve got this year’s projects, which didn’t get put in due to the late announcement. They were only recently announced in September, and they are $1,860,000 with our portion being $348,000. This coming season we’re hoping to have, to start and hopefully finish, $4.6 million worth of projects in total.”

MacIsaac said this work will take all year to complete.

“Not every project, but there are eight municipal capital works projects, two projects for the Bruce II, two other municipal capital works projects dealing with the sewer system. Out of all those from start to finish, it will be going through the full gamut from here to next December.”

MacIsaac said these projects are completely outside the Hurricane Fiona projects, which will all have to be completed as well.

“This is all separate. This is all our normal operation stuff. Due to a number of delays from the hurricane and everything else, we need to get these back on track and get them out so we are putting money back into improving the town’s infrastructure.”

MacIsaac said it is time to prepare for a year of construction.

“There is going to be work everywhere. These projects have been on the drying board, they’ve been completed consultant-wise and the other ones are currently in the wing in preparation. They will be going to tender early spring.”

By Jaymie White, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Dec 05, 2022 at 06:00

This item reprinted with permission from    Wreckhouse Weekly News    Port aux Basques, Newfoundland

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