George Sweeney, Opposition Liberal MHA for the
District of Carbonear-Harbour Grace, says Municipal and Provincial Affairs
Minister Jack Byrne has been neglecting important infrastructure issues in
Conception Bay North.
"There are some serious infrastructure challenges
being faced by municipalities in my district and surrounding areas," said
Sweeney. "It is time for the Minister of Municipal and Provincial Affairs to
show a greater commitment to the infrastructure needs of towns and
communities in this province by investing in essential projects."
Sweeney says an issue of utmost concern to the mayors of communities in
the region is the necessary funding for a water study being commissioned by
the joint councils. "It was deemed necessary by the mayors and government
that a water study be conducted to assess the state of water systems in
Conception Bay North. The joint councils have hired an engineering firm to
conduct the study, but government continues to drag its heels in providing
the necessary funding to move forward.
"Additionally, serious problems have been identified for some time with
regards to the sewer system in the Town of Victoria. The town has been
waiting over two years for Minister Byrne to move forward with the lagoon
project that was promised by the previous Liberal administration. There are
serious environmental concerns in the area of the salmon river and flooding
that results from the inadequate infrastructure that presently exists. It is
time for government to take action and fund this project."
The Liberal MHA says that residents of Harbour Grace have been waiting
far too long for government to allocate funding to upgrade water and sewer
along Harvey Street. The road, formerly the Conception Bay Highway, is in a
horrible state of disrepair and government has an obligation to repair it
following the opening of the new highway. This project is now several years
behind schedule and government must take action before further damage is
caused to vehicles using the road. Government cannot expect residents to
fund the repairs to a road that was part of the provincial highway system
until two years ago.
"These are just a number of the important issues currently facing
municipalities in the Conception Bay North region. Other serious problems
have also been identified with respect to garbage collection, highway
infrastructure, water and sewer and lack of government services in the
region. I will continue to raise these issues in the coming months and I
look forward to receiving a commitment from the Minister that he will
finally take action."