Mariners Centre Expansion A Priority Says Mayor

Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019 12:08 PM

The Town of Yarmouth has the expansion of the Mariners Centre back on its radar.

At its Committee of the Whole meeting this morning, council approved a motion to invite the municipalities of Yarmouth and Argyle to form a steering committee.

Mayor Pam Mood tells CJLS News the expansion of Mariners Centre has always been a regional priority for the town.

"As a town, we've had that $2.5 million for the Mariners Centre in a place holder in our budget, so, it's time to get this moving."

Mood says participation by the other two municipal units is "absolutely critical.

She tells CJLS News the Mariners Centre serves the entire region.

"Beyond Yarmouth County, actually, so it's tremendously important that everybody is at the table. The Town did outline in this motion what we believe funding could look like."

A document, prepared by the CAO and presented to committee yesterday states "The establishment of a fair and equitable formula for funding agreements, which would include variables such as population and uniform assessment, is also an important first step."

A consultant's study suggests an application for a $35 Million project.

It states the local share of the project would be between $9.5 million and $11.7 million.

The town proposes a cost sharing formula among the municipal partners using population and uniform assessment, which would make the Town taxpayers share of the project between $2.5 million to $3 million.

That works out to $1.00 to $1.20 per day, for one year, for every resident.

Council will once again discuss the issue at Thursday night's council meeting and vote on a motion to move it forward to create the proposed steering committee.

(Photo from Mariners Centre)

Story by Gary Nickerson
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