Town approves $1.7 million in capital spending for 2014

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Improvements to the Sackville Waterfowl Park will continue in 2014.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Walker Road will get a half-a-million dollar infrastructure upgrade and the next phase of improvements will get under way in Sackville’s Waterfowl Park in 2014.

These were two of the major projects approved last week as part of the town’s 2014 capital budget, which will see a total of $1.7 million in funding spread out amongst various sectors in the community.

“There’s something here that everyone is going to benefit from and appreciate,” said Coun. Margaret Tusz-King of the myriad of initiatives that were given the go-ahead in the budget.

Tusz-King said from improvements in aesthetics, to investment in infrastructure, to enhancement of firefighting equipment, upgrading signage and adding new sporting equipment, she is pleased with the way the money was doled out this year.

The water main replacement on Walker Road, along with the road base and paving that comes with it afterward, is estimated to have a pricetag of nearly $600,000.

George Woodburn, director of public works and engineering, said this project has been under consideration for the last three years so it’s a long-awaited undertaking.

He said there are two sections of water main that will be replaced, covering a 700-metre area. The first is a six-inch cast iron section going up to the top of the hill that was built in the 1950s. The second is a one-inch plastic pipe continuing down the hill that was installed in the ‘70s. They will both be replaced with a new eight-inch plastic main.

Other public works and engineering projects in 2014 include: $175,000 for paving of Ridgewood Drive (a roadway assumed by the town in 2013); $175,000 for a new bulldozer; $10,000 for sidewalk renewals; $55,000 for water meter replacements; $90,000 for abandonment of old well; $30,000 for water treatment plant upgrades: $15,000 for three electronic speed signs; and $10,000 for roofing at the DNR building.

Sackville treasurer Michael Beal said the DNR building was acquired by the town from the province about three years ago and it was known at that time that the roof would be an issue.

“In order to protect our investment, it is time that we do the work so that no further damage takes place,” said Beal.

The parks and recreation facilities department will see a budget of $319,000 in 2014, with the bulk of that going towards replacing another section of boardwalk in Sackville’s Waterfowl Park. Other projects include new skatepark equipment ($10,000), a new monument at Memorial Park ($10,000) and a heat exchanger at the civic centre ($11,000).

In the tourism and community development departments, $60,000 has been allotted for new highway signage, roof repairs at the visitor information centre, and waterfowl park signage.

The fire department will replace some of its bunker gear ($11,000) and SCBA ($35,000) equipment, and will purchase a new three-quarter ton vehicle ($75,000).

Town hall will get $30,000 for new computers, software and cameras; and the library will get $15,000 for basement renovations.

“These funds will get the basement back into working order and usable once again for the future,” said Beal.

The majority of the budget will be funded through capital out of revenue and the general capital reserve fund, with $810,000 to come from capital out of revenue and $269,000 to come from the reserve fund, Beal explained. Only $500,000 will be borrowed this coming year from the Municipal Capital Borrowing Board – for the Walker Road water main, water meter replacements, the abandonment of the old well and the water treatment plant upgrades. 

Organizations: Municipal Capital Borrowing Board

Geographic location: SACKVILLE, Walker Road, Waterfowl Park Memorial Park

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