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Murphy outlines Alberton's 2016 highlights

Myor Michael Murphy reviews Alberton's year just ended.
Myor Michael Murphy reviews Alberton's year just ended.

ALBERTON – Mayor Michael Murphy used his monthly report at the Town of Alberton’s January meeting Monday to list some of the highlights from a calendar year just ended.

Topping the mayor’s list was the purchase of approximately 30 acres of land around the Alberton Fire Hall. The land is zoned industrial. Murphy said the land has already generated some interest but, no development projects just yet. “We’re hoping,” he said.

There were 15 building permits issued in 2016 with a total value of $1,043,200.

The mayor commended the provincial government for finally proceeding with a storm drain project near the town pond in the area of Poplar and Argyle Streets. He said the work, completed at a provincial expense of between $900,000 and $1,000,000, allows for six times the water flow of the old system. He said work is still needed at Church and Reid Streets and council will be seeking provincial government assistance.

The town’s lagoon was upgraded last year with financial assistance through the Gas Tax Fund and Murphy said funding is being sought for more upgrades this year.

There was resurfacing carried out on Reid, Prince William and Howlan Streets in 2016, and Murphy said the town has received a grant for $26,000 to help with extending a sidewalk along Dufferin Street from the Phillips Residence to Church Street. He said the work will be carried out this spring.

Murphy said the town’s share of a cost-shared sewer lift station being replaced at the lower end of Church Street, will be $36,956. The project is still in progress. The lift station includes an alarm system.

Upgrades to the ballfield started in 2015 were completed last year.

The mayor said the town contributed greatly to the cost of replacing the Zamboni at the Jacques Cartier Arena. The new ice-resurfacing equipment is scheduled to arrive this month. Council, on Monday agreed to have the town guarantee the arena’s $35,000 loan needed to cover the new equipment’s outstanding cost.

Murphy said the town has also obtained grants for the arena which have provided for new LED lighting and sound system, an elevator and some new bleachers.

Rink – Contributed greatly to new Zamboni and obtained grants for new LED lighting, sound system, elevator and some new bleachers.

 

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