(Commissioner of Municipal Operations, Paul Groody Presenting to Council on Water Projects During a Meeting in May --- Photo By Diane Henry)
The provincial government has confirmed it's on board for one third of the cost of the 214 million dollar clean drinking water project and Glen Falls flood water diversion project. Mayor Ivan Court delivered the news at last night's council meeting, after speaking with provincial officials earlier in the day. This took councilor Chris Titus--who sits on the water committee--by complete surprise.
In light of the announcement, common council has decided to table the Deputy Mayor's motion to assign a city staff member to coordinate with the province and federal government on water treatment issues. Councilor Peter McGuire says the focus right now should be squarely on getting the third piece of the puzzle. He says Saint John MP Rodney Weston should now write a cheque for the federal government's share of the funding.
Meanwhile, council will meet Tuesday morning in closed session for an update on price negotiations with large industrial water users. The Deputy Mayor has suggested this is a stumbling block in getting federal funding for clean drinking water.