Antigonish town councillors approve fleet replacement plan for fire department

Posted on March 23, 2017

Town councillors in Antigonish have finalized plans to purchase a new fire truck for the town’s volunteer fire department.

They voted in favour of buying the $600,000 truck in January.

At Monday night’s regular town council meeting, they approved a new 25-year plan to replace the department’s entire fleet.

After the meeting, Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher said the new pumper will replace trucks that are 31 and 39 years old.

“We do have an obligation to make sure that our firefighters remain safe on the job,” she said, “but also we have an obligation to our citizens to make sure that they have (been) provided adequate, safe fire protection 365 days a year.”

Boucher said a new fire levy of 2.6 cents per $100 of assessment on municipal tax bills will pay for their 25-year plan.
The mayor says $1 million in provincial funding for a major event in the town is very exciting.

On Monday, officials with the provincial government announced $1 million toward the 2018 National Special Olympics Summer Games in Antigonish.

After Monday night’s council meeting, Boucher said the funding will help open up event venues to everyone.

“The million dollars that the provincial government has given to the organization (of the) Special Olympics will go a long way, and I really like what it’s going to be used for,” she said. “It’s a million dollars towards making the Oland Centre more accessible, so mostly the bleachers and the outside stands more accessible.”

Boucher said the event itself is very exciting because it will shine a national spotlight on the town.
Town councillors have decided against offering compensation to some Antigonish residents who raised water quality concerns.

Several residents of Thompson Street made a presentation at September’s regular town council meeting.

They told councillors they didn’t believe their water was safe to drink, and they didn’t want to use it for bathing.

After Monday night’s meeting, Mayor Boucher said town officials decided they’ve addressed the issue properly since then.

“We had a couple of questions, staff came back with the answers,” she said, “and we were satisfied that the town did its due diligence when it became a real issue, that we acted in a relatively timely manner.”

Boucher said they made their decision following presentations by town employees. Read More.


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