While it’s not in the county, council stills sees the benefit of a skatepark to the area.
Last week, Antigonish Town and County Councils and the Antigonish Skate Park Collective announced a land lease agreement with StFX University for a skate park in town.
The space is located near the former Antigonish County Municipal building. The estimated budget for the project is around $700,000.
County warden Owen McCarron said the county has been a partner in discussions regarding a skate park in the area for a long time. He said the county will look at opportunities to help when the funding phase happens.
McCarron said StFX was receptive to the idea and understood the need the site meets.
With the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games less than two weeks away, Antigonish
Local Special Olympics Athlete Alex Dearden
County Warden Owen McCarron called the event a huge opportunity for the area. He said an area of this size being able to host an event of this magnitude is a great story.
He said the area far exceeded the request for volunteers, noting it gives hope to other similar sized communities looking to host these kinds of events. McCarron said he feels the people who come to Antigonish will enjoy their time here with plenty of hometown hospitality.
The Warden of Antigonish County says he was pleased to hear a recent announcement regarding twinning on the 104.
On Tuesday, the provincial and federal governments announced a combined $285 million in funding for the twinning of a 38 kilometre section of the 104 between Sutherland’s River and Antigonish. The work will include new, 10 kilometre, four-lane alignment between Barneys River and James River, south of the existing Highway 104.
Antigonish Warden Owen McCarron credited both levels of government for their efforts. He also thanked Barney’s River Fire Chief Joe MacDonald for continuing to push for the twinning.
McCarron said the twinning will also have economic benefits, both the spinoff during the construction and the opportunity for tourism and transportation of goods.
The Warden for the Municipality of the County of Antigonish says fixes are not coming to the Antigonish-Guysborough Road, but next year will be a different story. At last evenings County council meeting, Warden Owen McCarron says a positive meeting was recently held with Transportation Minister Lloyd Hines:
McCarron says the request was sent in late for provincial consideration, so there will hopefully be some positive work forthcoming on this stretch of road. In a letter to council, Minister Hines says that the recently announced Gravel Roads programs will mean more money being spent to improve rural roads.
Excitement is building in the area over this summer’s Special Olympics National Games in Antigonish, and the county’s Warden shares the feeling. Owen McCarron says a meeting that was held recently with committee members for the summer games was positive, and will put Antigonish in the national spotlight.
McCarron says that the volunteer component for the games will be very important:
McCarron adds that the county will be heavily involved in the games, which is expected to have great economic benefits for both the town and county of Antigonish.
Neighbours helping neighbours. That’s the response Warden Owen McCarron of the Municipality of the County of Antigonish gave when describing a contribution made towards their municipal neighbour; Guysborough. It was announced last evening during a monthly council meeting that $50,000 is being put towards the new Lifestyle Complex being built in Guysborough County.
McCarron says that helping out Guysborough works, because the two counties work together very closely:
The money is going towards the controversial Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex, which has a hefty pricetag that worries residents. McCarron says he feels the contribution is a reasonable gesture to assist in the opening of the complex.
A lasting legacy for a fitting cause. This describes a donation that is being made to the Havre Boucher Community Centre by the Municipality of the County of Antigonish. The remaining discretionary funds from the late Russell Boucher will be donated by council to the community centre that Russell loved so much.
Warden Owen McCarron says the contribution is a fitting thing to do for Russell’s legacy in the county:
A special election for district 9 will be held on August the 19th, with nomination’s being closed on July 25th.
The municipal tax rate for the county of Antigonish should be in place within two weeks, according to new County Warden. Owen McCarron says council is tying up loose ends with this years budget, but expects the rate to remain much the same:
It is expected the new rate will be set during the regular council meeting on June 20th. The residential tax rate for this previous year was 88 cents per 100 dollars of assessment. The commercial rate was $1.46 .
It was an emotional evening as the County of Antigonish called for a special council meeting to select the new Warden after the sudden passing of longtime councillor and Warden, Russel Boucher. It was decided unanimously that Deputy Warden Owen McCarron take on the role of Warden.
Warden McCarron says the past few weeks have been difficult while everyone processes the loss of Russell; who had a large presence in council and life. McCarron says council must push forward, even during these difficult times:
With McCarron stepping up to become warden, it was motioned that long time councillor Hugh Stewart fill the role of Deputy Warden. A special election date for District 9 has been called for August the 19th.