Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Prime Minister Visits South Shore

Prime Minister Steven Harper has a full day of activities lined up for a visit to Nova Scotia. Following an announcement at the Michelin Tire Plan in Waterville this morning, the P.M. heads for the South Shore. He'll be in Lunenburg this afternoon to make an announcement at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic at 2 o'clock.
The Prime Minister will be joined by Premier Darrell Dexter and South Shore/St. Margaret's M-P Gerald Keddy. Later this afternoon at 5 p.m., Harper will address the Nova Scotia Members' Reception at the Forties Community Centre in New Ross.

Queens Approves 5 Year Capital Plan

Region of Queens Council has approved a capital investment plan for the next five years through 2014/15. Mayor John Leefe says Municipalities must submit a five year plan to be eligible to receive the transfer of federal gas tax revenues. Leefe says capital work and spending is spread over a gamut of projects and purchases.
Queens Place would be one of the projects funded over the period. Others projects include extending sewer and water into Brooklyn, building a salt shed, work on the new public works garage and completing the new septage lagoon. Leefe says along with the gas tax revenues, monies to fund the capital projects will also come from reserves that the Region has set aside.

Fire Truck Loan

The Region of Queens is helping the Liverpool Fire Fighters Association to purchase a new fire rescue vehicle from Ontario. Municipal Council has approved a draft loan of 197 thousand 41 dollars to the Association . The funds taken from the Region's Special Operating General Reserve are to be paid back over 11 years. Mayor John Leefe says the Municipality provides a loan program to the fire departments within the Region of Queens. The Liverpool Fire Fighters Association used the loan program in November 2005 to acquire two used fire vehicles. The outstanding amount of that loan is being paid off with the new agreement.

West Dublin Arson Suspects Court Appearances

Three people accused of setting a fire that destroyed the old Risser's General Store in West Dublin several weeks ago are beginning to move through the court system.
One of them has been remanded back into custody until her next court appearance.
A 16-year-old girl facing several charges including arson, and theft not exceeding $5,000 returns to court September 8th.
Her lawyer successfully adjourned the matter last week after requesting additional disclosure material from the Crown.
Two other people accused in the July fire are scheduled to appear in court September 29.