PICTOU – A no vote in the recent MOU plebiscite will delay proposed rural infrastructure projects in Pictou County, Warden Ronald Baillie says.
Baillie said the five years’ worth of projects included in the Letter of Intent the Municipality of Pictou County and the towns of New Glasgow, Pictou and Stellarton participating in the memorandum of understanding signed with the province if they amalgamated is gone. The projects will have to be funded by other means over more time, he said.
Completing water and sewer lines in Plymouth and MacLellan’s Brook was the largest of the projects Baillie referred to and would have been done all at once.
“It will not be done in two years,” he said. “Regardless, we’ll have to borrow the money. If it’s phased in using gas tax revenues, it would be up to 10 years before it’s complete, and be more expensive.”
Plymouth and MacLellan’s Brook topped the county’s infrastructure list for years, while council approved placing Springfield Estates in Green Hill second on the list in 2012. A section in Abercrombie was added more recently.
The Plymouth and MacLellan’s Brook project would have to be finished before work on the others could start, Baillie said.
He was speaking on the eve of the regular council meeting that had been postponed so newly elected District 3 candidate Darla MacKeil could be sworn in. She was elected in a special election called to fill the vacancy created with the death of long-serving councillor Ed MacMaster. Her election on May 28 was the same day as the plebiscite so the same voting apparatus could be used.