The Antigonish Farmers’ Market Association recently thanked the Municipality of the County of
Concept drawing of new Agricultural Centre and year round Farmers’ Market Building
Antigonish for the commitment of $200,000 for the construction of the new farmer’s market building. The funding will be spread over two years.
Antigonish County Warden Owen McCarron pointed to the success of the famrer’s market over the years.
A release from the Farmers Market Association stated the funding brings them closer to their goal of a year-round Agricultural building that will “greatly improve the economic impact of the Market, improve accessibility to the Market, and act as a centre for agricultural events, businesses, and organizations.”
A special election will be held this Saturday to fill a vacant seat at the Municipality of the County of Antigonish. Russell Boucher passed away in May, leaving district 9 without a councillor since then.
Two names have been put forward for the special election. Neil Corbett, residing in Cape Jack and Danny MacEachern from Auld’s Cove have filed their papers to run for Councillor in District 9.
The final advance poll will be Tuesday from 12 noon until 8, at St. Pauls Parish Center, Havre Boucher.
It was announced yesterday that municipalities across the province will be receiving 27 million dollars from a Gas Tax Fund (GTF). The Municipality of the County of Antigonish was on the receiving end of $632,000 from the federal government.
County Warden Owen McCarron says this money will be used for projects that the county has identified as being of importance. The county already has their eye on a few areas that this money can be put towards:
The tender mentioned for the Sommers Road waterline extension project was awarded last evening to Northeast Timber Construction Limited. The tender was awarded for $298,000 plus HST.
An effort to repair and update the Antigonish Court House has hit a bump in the road. During Tuesday evening’s County Council meeting, it was decided among council that they reject any bids on the tender to repair the court house because of higher than expected costs.
County Warden Owen McCarron says the historic building has a long list of repairs that include some concrete work, cladding upgrades, window replacements and painting to the building. McCarron says the county must now reassess their priorities for repairing the building:
The building, which is 150 years old is a part of the local heritage says McCarron, and does deserve to be repaired. He hopes to provide an update within the next month.
Two names have been put forward for a special election that will be held for the Municipality of the County of Antigonish. Neil Corbett, residing in Cape Jack and Danny MacEachern from Auld’s Cove have filed their papers to run for Councillor in District 9.
The election will be held on August 19th; with advance polls on August 12th and August 15th. All polls will be held at St. Pauls Center, Havre Boucher. The Special Election was called following the sudden death of long time councillor and Warden Russell Boucher in May.
The Municipality of the County of Antigonish is offering free rides for county residents who want to take part in Canada Day celebrations on Saturday. Because of expected high volumes of traffic within the town, it was decided that minimizing the amount of cars travelling from out of town was wise.
Gabe O’Brien is the Summer Program Coordinator for Antigonish County Recreation. He says residents can get picked up at their homes, absolutely free:
O’Brien encourages residents to call and book a seat in advance to avoid dissapointment. To book a seat, call 867-0411.
Tax rates have been set within the Municipality of the County of Antigonish, and again this year there’s no change. The residential tax rate remains $0.88 per $100 of assessment – the tenth consecutive year that the rate has not increased. The commercial rate will remain at $1.46 per $100 of assessment, which remains the lowest commercial tax jurisdiction in the province, which is now a 5 year achievement.
County Warden Owen McCarron says that key initiatives and expenses for this budget include the first installment of a pledge to St. Martha’s Hospital Foundation, and 3.3 million dollars put towards education. McCarron says this large chunk of funds to education is normal across the province:
This amount to education equates to 23% of the operating budget for the county. 25 % also goes towards protective services, including policing and fire protection.
St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation got a big boost Tuesday night, as they were presented a cheque for $500,000.
A cheque presentation on Tuesday was made to St. Martha’s Hospital Foundation for $50,000 from the Municipality of the County Of Antigonish. Their first installment of the $500,000 pledge. Pictured, Cody Anderson St Martha’s Tech, Councellors Vaughan Chisholm, Hughie Stewart, Joe MacDonald (St Martha’s Foundation Chair), Warden Russel Boucher and councellors Reimi Deveau, Donnie MacDonald, Owen McCarron, Mary MacLellan and Bill MacFarlane, Hospital Foundation Executive Director Sadie Benoit and St Martha’s staff member Martha Cooper.five hundred thousand dollars. The money will be divvied out in yearly instalments of fifty thousand dollars a year over ten years.
Municipality of the county of Antigonish made cheque presentation to the foundation, who have been campaigning for funding. Joe MacDonald, who is the Chair of the Foundation Board, says this donation will get the ball rolling for the Foundation’s goal to fundraise $20 Million by 2026 under a campaign entitled “St. Martha’s and you. The time is NOW” .
MacDonald says foundation is most appreciative of the county:
The hope is that the money raised will be able to keep doctors in Antigonish by buying new equipment. This in the long term will help improve the services offered at the Hospital.