Expect you got in your mailbox as we did the notice with Fall and Winter Events and the plans for the Central Ave. Streetscape project. They give the “Funding Sources” for the Central Ave. Project as follows:
Funding Sources: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency ($55,000.00), The Province of Nova Scotia ($50,000.00), The Town of Wolfville & Water Utility ($201,683.00)
Total Cost: $306,683.00
In the highlights they tell us what we will be getting for our tax money (remember we all – well most of us anyway! – pay federal and provincial tax as well as municipal taxes!):
- Street construction Using Interlocking Brick pavers [something like the ones they often have to re-lay between the curb and the sidewalk?]
- New Broom Finished Concrete sidewalks [Do you know what Broom Finished concrete is? No, either did we]
- New Paved Walkway Connection to Public Parking
- New Concrete Planters [There always has to be planters! Also – mentioned in the concept plan- a Sitting Wall! Will this be the mayor’s new favourite perch?]
- Rolled Curbs
- New Water Lines [Good!]
- New Sanitary Lines [Good!]
At least they are telling us something. Can’t complain about that – except what they didn’t tell us. Why not break out the amounts in the Town and Water Utility figure? How much from each? And what are the maintenance, up keep costs for interlocking brick compared to something else. When brick heaves it is uneven and has to be relaid or there is a liability risk, n’est pas? The original idea was that this be a pedestrian -no car- street but we hear that has gone by the boards because of delivery issues. It is described in this plan as a Roadway. Of interlocking brick?.
The concept Plan and the Site Plan (labeled in reverse on the website we think!) are available on the Town website here (in pdf) but here are screen shots:
We’re sure it will look lovely, at least for a while and is providing good jobs for designers, contractors etc. We had better enjoy it since we are paying for it dearly out of several pockets.
Also from the town website – If you have questions:
For more information please contact: Mr. Kevin Kerr P.Eng. (Director of Public Works), (902) 542-3960, EMail: kkerr
designer: CBCL Ltd, contractor: Howard Little Excavating Ltd.