St. Mary’s moves forward with infrastructure project

By Lois Ann Dort    

SHERBROOKE – On Monday, January 9 the District of the Municipality of St. Mary’s held their regular council meeting and discussed the replacement of municipal water lines on the east side of Sherbrooke in the coming year. The lines, which were originally laid in the 1960s, will be replaced as part of infrastructure funding from the federal government under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.

St. Mary’s Warden Michael Mosher said the $1.7 million project still needs to jump through a few hoops before it is finalized; such as a water rates study and approval from the UARB. Under the current funding scheme the municipality would fund 25 per cent of the project with the federal government chipping in 50 per cent and the province the final 25 per cent.

Council also approved a Fire Services Policy for the first time in the municipality’s history. “Where the Municipal Governance Act states that the municipality maintain and provide fire emergency services, we, as a municipality, never had a fire services policy on paper. We approved a policy for the first time.”

The new policy was formulated in consultation with local volunteer fire departments and covers such things as annual municipal grants, training grants and workers compensation.