News release

Projects for Three Colchester Communities

SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS--Projects for Three Colchester Communities


Three new projects funded through the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program and worth $5.4 million, promise to deliver a big impact on the lives of Colchester residents.

Education Minister Jamie Muir, on behalf of Barry Barnet, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, and Robert Thibault, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of Gerry Byrne, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, have announced joint federal and provincial funding today, Dec. 5, of $3,128,340 toward the three projects. The Municipality of the County of Colchester, the Village of Bible Hill and the Town of Truro, and their partners, will fund the balance upon formal acceptance of the agreement.

These projects are the Tatamagouche Sewage Treatment Plant, the Bible Hill Water Distribution System - Phase I, and the New Fire Station project for Truro.

"The government of Canada is committed to making our communities safe, healthy places to live," said Mr. Thibault. "Whether we're investing in first class water and sewage systems for Tatamagouche and Bible Hill, or supporting fire safety in Truro, the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program is meeting that goal."

The program is designed to invest in projects that promote safe drinking water, effective wastewater management, safer communities, and sound environmental practices that benefit businesses, families and tourism in the province.

"Today's announcement clearly demonstrates our government's commitment to invest in projects that will improve the quality of life for all Nova Scotians," said Mr. Muir. "Through these investments, we are building healthy and safer communities."
"Solid infrastructure is a key aspect of community development and of ensuring that the highest quality of living is available to our citizens," said John Morgan, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. "I'm delighted to see the approval of projects like these today, and am confident that all three of these communities will reap great economic and social benefits when they are completed."

This is one of a series of approval announcements for projects under the program, which has invested more than $166 million in 109 projects to date. Additional announcements are expected as projects undergo environmental assessment and final approval.

The $195 million, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program is administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is a member of the management committee. The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities is represented on the program's management committee.

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Three new infrastructure projects promise to deliver a big impact on the lives of Colchester residents.

Joint federal-provincial funding of more than three million dollars, was announced today (December 5th) by Education Minister Jamie Muir and federal Fisheries Minister Robert Thibault.

The projects are the Tatamagouche Sewage Treatment Plant, Phase One of the Bible Hill Water Distribution System and the New Fire Station project for Truro.

The projects are the latest in a series to be funded under the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program.

The infrastructure program is a six-year, 195-million-dollar investment in municipal infrastructure administered by the Atlantic Canada and Opportunities Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

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Contact:

Deborah Bayer
Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Secretariat 902-424-0112 E-mail:
David Harrigan
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency 902-426-4238
Michael Smith
Municipality of the County of Colchester 902-897-3160
K. Wayne McCormick
Village of Bible Hill 902-893-8083
W.R. (Bill) Mills
Town of Truro 902-895-4484

Following is a list of the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program projects announced today, Dec. 5.

Tatamagouche Sewage Treatment Plant Municipality of the County of Colchester Shared total project cost $1,639,007, including $546,335 federal and $546,335 provincial The project calls for the design and construction of a closed loop reactor sewage treatment facility to replace the 33 year-old clay-lined oxidation ditch currently in use. The new plant will be simple, reliable and cost-effective, requiring minimal operator attendance. Once the project is complete, there will be 119 households, two schools, two long-term care facilities and 30 industrial/commercial units connected to higher quality municipal wastewater treatment.

Bible Hill Water Distribution System - Phase 1 Village of Bible Hill Shared total project cost is $1,943,506, including $647,835 federal and $647,835 provincial This project provides for the design and construction of the first phase of a water distribution system for Bible Hill where a number of private wells are contaminated by salt and nitrates. The existing Town of Truro water system will be extended to accommodate the transmission, distribution and metering of water for 35 Village of Bible Hill homes and offers the potential for 115 additional hook-ups.

New Fire Station Town of Truro Shared total project cost is $1,842,000, including $370,000 federal and $370,000 provincial. This project involves the design and construction of a new fire station for the Town of Truro. The new station will replace the currently inadequate 103 year-old fire station with a facility containing six truck bays and safer, healthier accommodations for fire safety staff. It will also offer better equipment accommodation and an expansion of current services to include medical assistance.

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