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Pansy Road project takes new turn

By: Dave Baxter

Posted: 03/4/2018 5:45 PM

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The RM of Hanover now says they have come up with a new plan that will allow them to do repairs to approximately six miles of Pansy Road.

Hanover councillor Dylan Barkman said that with the road "crumbling" and badly in need of repairs the municipality originally came up with a plan that would have seen them use approximately $700,000 to re-pave six miles of the road.

In that original plan, Hanover had offered to contribute $200,000 from their general fund to the project, while aiming to collect $75,000 through private donations and then collect the additional $425,000 through a tax that would have been imposed on area residents.

But a public meeting regarding the plan that took place on Feb. 14 saw a number of residents state they were opposed to a tax increase that would only be imposed on some Hanover ratepayers.

The original plan was scrapped, but at a Hanover council meeting on Wednesday morning the municipality presented their new plan for fixing the road, and said that the new plan would not include tax hikes.

Hanover now says they have a plan that will allow them to pave six miles of Pansy Road at a cost of $580,000.

The new plan will see the municipality take $200,000 from a provincial road improvement grant, $25,000 from their ward 4 discretionary road budget and $240,000 from gas tax funds.

The plan will also see the RM aim to collect $115,000 in private donations towards the project.

Hanover councillor Dylan Barkman told The Carillon that the RM has so far received about $76,000 in private donations towards the project, and he said he is confident they can reach the $115,000 goal for donations.

"So there is an extra $40,000 that we have to raise, but I’m not worried about that," Barkman said.

Barkman added he appreciates that council was able to find a solution that did not involve tax hikes.

"This is a huge deal and I think it speaks well for the whole hearing process where we allowed people to come and speak, and I feel we have a council that is not only looking out for their own respective wards, but are looking at Hanover as a whole."

Barkman said he now expects work on the project to take place this summer.

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