Region of Queens Municipality

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March 13, 2018; Liverpool, NS: Region of Queens Municipality’s existing water and sewer project in Brooklyn, Queens County is expected to continue this year, potentially with assistance through the Provincial Capital Assistance Program (PCAP) from Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA). At the March 13, 2018 Regular Council meeting, a motion was approved authorizing staff to submit an application for PCAP funding in the amount of $200,000 toward the planned $800,000 expansion of the Brooklyn water and sewer system.

“The extension of the Brooklyn water and sewer project is part of the Region of Queens’ five year capital plan, and will carry the services and connections from where it currently ends at Markland Avenue, along Brooklyn Shore Road, to the end of Brooklyn Waterfront Park, and will add a sewer pumping station,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Connecting this area to water and sewer will provide many with a reliable source of potable drinking water, and reduce pollution from outfall into the Brooklyn bay.”

PCAP funding from DMA has an objective of financially supporting high priority municipal infrastructure projects, reducing the cost burden to municipalities. Funding is targeted to support projects that eliminate serious environmental and health problems, with priority given to pollution abatement. A component of the PCAP application is a motion of Council support. The application will be submitted by the April 26, 2018 deadline. The balance of the $800,000 project not funded by PCAP is expected to be supported by Federal gas tax funding.

The 2018 expansion of the system in Brooklyn is a continuation of the current project which began approximately 15 years ago, and served to expand municipal water and sewer infrastructure to residents living outside of Liverpool. Over this time, many homes have been connected to the infrastructure, in a community that previously had on-site systems.