KENSINGTON - Kensington town council is awaiting word from the federal government on the eligibility of projects that may be funded in the new $14 billion 10-year infrastructure program.
© Nancy Macphee
Kensington Mayor Gordon Coffin
Prince Edward Island will receive $440 million over the ten-year period for a variety of infrastructure projects.
Every province will receive base funding of $250 million, which is topped off on a per capita basis. Off the $440 million earmarked for P.E.I., $277 million will come from the Building Canada Fund and $163 million from the Federal Gas Tax Fund.
“The Town of Kensington, as I’m all municipalities on Prince Edward Island, has some projects,” said Kensington Mayor Gordon Coffin. “We had an engineer look at some of the infrastructure projects that we should be focusing on a few years ago.”
He said one such project in the Charlottetown Road.
“There’s still a portion of it that still doesn’t have water,” Coffin said. “It’s not tied into the municipal water system. We also looked at going out on some of the other roads a little bit. There are houses that are outside of town but if we ran out another quarter-mile we could bring them into the town and provide them with town sewer and water.”
He said those preliminary studies have already been done but need to be updated to current costs.
“We’ve already done a lot of the leg work so we have those in the hopper,” he said. “We have looked at fixing some of the drainage issues in the town and we have a lot of residential town streets that are in need of a re-build.”
Coffin said the town used a significant share of the Gas Tax Fund Rebate to identify two roads that had to be fixed regularly.
“We dug them out and put a proper bed under them, put proper drainage to them and resurfaced them,” he said. We totally rebuilt them. We did the full re-build.”
Coffin said town council has yet to set a priority list for projects because they don’t yet know what the parameters are surrounding project eligibility.
“If it’s going to be for sewer or water, we have some projects that are ready to dust off and get right on or if it’s roads, we made a list of those,” he said. “We’ve certainly done some homework on it.”
Coffin said the town is waiting to see which projects will qualify for the federal dollars.