A capital increase for Happy Valley-Goose Bay

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Premier Tom Marshall announces $7.5 million over three years

Premier Tom Marshall has announced an investment of  $7.5 million for multi-year capital works in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The investment will span three years, from 2014-17.

According to a June 24 government news release, this is $1 million more than the previous three-year-period.

Included in the announcement is $200,000 in cost-shared funding for Phase II of Happy Valley-Goose Bay’s study on recreational facilities.

Phase II of the study will include engineering pre-design and an energy model analysis.

Happy Valley-Goose Bay’s town council has recently completed an audit on the municipality’s current recreational infrastructure. The report, according to Mayor Jamie Snook, shows the need for a new, modern recreation facility or wellness centre.

Calls for a new recreational complex has been loud since the Muskrat Falls project began. Many Happy Valley-Goose Bay residents and community leaders believe that the province, or Nalcor, should be responsible for funding such a facility, since the project is putting strain on the town’s infrastructure.

In the news release, Marshall conceded that the project is having a large impact on the community.

“HappyValley-Goose Bay is an area of the province that is experiencing significant growth due to the proximity of the town to Muskrat Falls,” said Marshall. “The provincial government understands the infrastructure requirements in the region and the potential impact of having such a large scale mega project as Muskrat Falls in the town’s backyard …”

Also on June 24, the premier announced that the provincial government will be sharing the cost of a new pumper truck for the Happy Valley-Goose Bay Fire Department.

The cost of the new pumper is approximately $261,000. The province will fund 70 per cent, while the muncipality will cover the other 30.

“On behalf of the residents and our volunteer firefighters who serve our community, we are grateful for the support that the provincial government is providing through this investment in our fire department,” Mayor Jamie Snook said in a news release. “The new pumper truck will greatly improve our response capabilities and there is nothing more important to the 11th council of Happy Valley-Goose Bay than the health, wellness, and safety of our residents.”

Geographic location: Happy Valley, Goose Bay, HappyValley-Goose Bay

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