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Council Approves Capital Budget

Highlights include significant investments in the Yarmouth Fire Department, water & wastewater infrastructure, and more work on multi-use trails.

 

Thursday, April 21st, 2022 - Yarmouth, N.S. – At the April 14th regular council meeting, the capital budget for 2022-23 was on the agenda. While this year’s $2.56 million budget features fewer overall projects than last year, significant investments will be made in key areas. Equipment and training structure upgrades will be made at the Yarmouth Fire Department, important work will be completed on water and wastewater infrastructure, and more multi-use trails and sidewalks will be built. A motion to approve the budget was passed unanimously by council.

“A tremendous amount of work goes into building a budget, and we are thankful to our staff for the hard work they’ve put into getting it done,” said Mayor Pam Mood. “Council always has much to consider as the service center for the region, as much of what we do benefits everyone.”

“On behalf of Council, I can say we are pleased with this year’s capital plan which will once again see a great deal of work on Town infrastructure. More equipment for fire, sidewalks, paving, bridge financing for Mariners on Main and much more are included in the budget.”

2022-23 Capital Budget Highlights

Investments in Fire Service
To further improve the department’s high level of service and grow its volunteer base, funds will be allocated for the purchase of new equipment. “Bunker gear” for volunteers will include station and dress uniforms, as well as new SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus). Money will also be available for improvements to training structures that will further develop the volunteer program and allow the department to move toward its goal of becoming a regional training centre. The department will also receive funds to upgrade SCBA and purchase a new “jaws of life” tool. Total new investments for 2022-23: $125,000

Active Trails and Sidewalks
Plenty work will be completed this year on trails and sidewalks, continuing the momentum of trail development in the town over the last two years. A total of $1.4 million will be invested, with $400,000 coming from the town and the remainder from grants awarded last summer. A key project will see a multi-use trail added between Forest Street and Argyle Street on Haley Road. This will provide sidewalk where none had previously existed to serve residents in the area. For complete details on the multi-use trail project, visit https://getinvolvedyarmouth.ca/

Mariners on Main
Not long after the YCMA closed in 2020, the town purchased the property with the intention of reopening the region’s only public pool. Partnering with the municipalities of Argyle and Yarmouth, the facility was reopened in October of 2021 as “Mariners on Main”. The facility is working well to date, acting as a “bridge” to provide services until an expansion happens at Mariners Centre. The town will continue to invest in capital requirements to keep the facility in operation. Investment for 2022-23: $100,000

Water & Wastewater Upgrades
Significant investments will go toward improvements to water and wastewater treatment infrastructure. Upgrades will be completed on a key water lift station and a wastewater digester building. Funds will go toward consultant work needed for a wastewater treatment plant assessment and to determine work required to replace water/sewer lines in the area of the Vancouver Street and Main Street intersection. Total investment: $360,000

Street Paving
This year’s investment in paving comes in at $300,00. However, due to contractor unavailability last season, some budget has been carried over, providing a total paving budget of $460,000 for 2022-23. Projects to be completed will be announced later in the summer.

Splash Park
A group of dedicated community members put forward a tremendous effort last year to raise money for the design and construction of a splash park. Their efforts were successful, and the Town of Yarmouth partnered with its sister municipalities and contributed $39,000 toward the project. The site for the park is at Mariners Centre and work is scheduled to begin this summer.

Public Works Investments: truck and plow replacements
Three significant investments will be made to replace ageing snow clearing equipment. The town’s public works department will receive a new plow truck, salt truck, and sidewalk plow totalling $500,000.

To view more details on the capital budget, please see “Reports” section of the minutes from last Thursday’s council meeting here: https://bit.ly/3um32Uy

Town of Yarmouth

 This is an exciting time for the Town of Yarmouth. By working together, we can meet today’s challenges and build a better future.”

Pam Mood

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Yarmouth, B5A 1G2

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