After six years, new contract should get Mulgrave water plant operational

By Helen Murphy    

MULGRAVE – At its regular monthly meeting on Aug. 8, town council awarded a tender for booster pumps at its new water treatment plant to L & R Construction Ltd. of Stewiacke, at a cost of $114,875. This project, plus some valve work by the same company, is expected to finally get the plant up and running. The new facility was expected to come into operation in 2011, but has been plagued with problems.

The town previously had the engineering firm CBCL in to assess what needed to be done to address the problems and get the plant working.

L&R Construction has committed to being finished the work within 24 weeks.

In other business, Mulgrave received seven bids in response to its RFP for engineering proposals for the next five years. This for all engineering services for the town. The list will be shortened to three prospective suppliers and when a project comes up a description will go to the three for estimates and information on their related expertise.

Council also had some discussion on dealing with complaints about properties owned by the local housing authority. A letter has gone to the authority to seek clarification on how to deal with issues of concern, such as frequent visits by RCMP.

The town is currently looking at potential locations for the relocation of its offices in response to a problem with the current foundation. The location on MacLeod St. was meant to be a temporary home for the town when it moved there in the 1970s. The structure consists of a number of trailers joined together, on steel beams which are now rotting at one end. The town owns the structure and the land is owned by the Anglican Church.