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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Big Dig is Coming to Wiarton in 2020

Wiarton | by John Divinski  

The "Big Dig" will be focused on sewer and water infrastructure underground

Over 100 people were at the Wiarton Community Centre for the morning meeting (NOV 27), mostly stakeholders that will be affected by the construction planned for Berford Street, the main street through town.

Foodland owner Tom Jellicoe echoed the sentiments of everyone at the meeting.

He says no wants any construction in the core area during the summer tourist season months and RJ Burnside consultants said every effort will be made to do either end of the project, one block at a time during the summer and the core would be done in the shoulder seasons. The major project is planned for between Elm and Division streets.

The owner of Northern Confections in the north end of the construction plan, Heather Gibbons says they do about 85% of their business during the summer months and losing that income could be catastrophic.

Gibbons says "If they impede July and August for us.....we're done."

There's still no indication of what will be done when as consultants say they're only 30% through the design phase.

Mayor Janice Jackson says the big dig will be disruptive but "We're going to get through this as a community."

The work is estimated to cost 7.3-milllion-dollars, less the 3-million from the province and the just over 2.4-million the municipality has in reserves.

That still leaves just over 1.8-million-dollars which Jackson says will likely be debentured.

The "Big Dig" will be focused on sewer and water infrastructure underground however, above ground will feature a new road, sidewalks and landscaped areas.

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