Guysborough solar project awarded; loan guaranteed for Queensport VFD

GUYSBOROUGH — Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) council approved nearly $1.2 million in financial bills for key municipal infrastructure at its regular meeting on Sept 20.

Polaron Energy Corp. was awarded 789,559.86 (excluding HST) to undertake Guysborough’s solar photo voltaic project, which had been announced with joint federal-provincial-municipal funding earlier this year. The award will help support the installation of solar energy systems expected to generate 266 kilowatts and supply as much as 50 per cent of the electricity required by several municipal properties.

Meanwhile, Queensport Volunteer Fire Department received a 10-year loan guarantee, “subject to the approval of the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations” of up to $400,000 towards the purchase of a new 1050 GMP pumper, priced at $574,958.44 (plus HST). Council further agreed to contribute 40 per cent, funded from the fire apparatus reserve, of the purchase price for the new equipment.

In another council motion, the municipality agreed to donate two parcels of land in the Cutlers Estate Subdivision and one in Canso, identified as PID’s 35237072, 35237080 & 35204056, to the Housing Trust of Nova Scotia, a non-profit organization for the purpose of constructing housing for healthcare workers.”

Acknowledging that, “Housing for healthcare workers is a priority for the Province of Nova Scotia as well as the Municipality of the District of Guysborough,” council instructed municipal staff to schedule a public hearing for Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 4:15 p.m., to consider the donation of the three parcels of land.

Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Guysborough Journal