Norm Rafuse, owner of Rafe’s Construction, has officially taken his seat on Parrsboro Town Council after handily winning the September 5th by-election. Rafuse was sworn in at tonight’s regular council meeting.
He said later that his mind is still open on whether the town should dissolve and join Cumberland County. He said he needs a month to learn the ropes before he decides where he stands. During an all-candidates meeting in August, Rafuse said, “If I’m elected by the people of Parrsboro, I will work for what they want.”
Aboiteau bridge replacement delayed
Mayor Lois Smith reported to council that she had received a reply to her July letter asking about the schedule for replacement of the aboiteau bridge. In his reply, Geoff MacLellan, the provincial minister of transportation, writes that the work won’t begin until the 2019-2020 construction season. Council had expected the work to begin much sooner, possibly next year.
“We’re not very happy,” Mayor Smith said. She added that council will be meeting on October 6 with Buffy White, the department’s area manager and will try to persuade her to replace the bridge sooner.
The mayor noted that a new bridge is needed to facilitate the movement of heavy equipment required for the installation and maintenance of tidal turbines in the Minas Passage.
Meantime, council approved going ahead next spring with repairs to prevent water from leaking out of the aboiteau itself. Three new gates are being ordered and will be installed along with cement and clay to keep the water in.
New fire equipment
Council approved the purchase of a used $90,000 “mellow yellow” 1997 pumper truck although the purchase is conditional on Cumberland County paying half. The town’s share will come from its financial reserve funds. Deputy Mayor Lisa Ward told council the new fire truck would allow the town to delay replacing an older 1978 truck for several years. However, that older truck will still need $5,000 worth of repairs.
The new truck will bring the total number to five with one of them stationed in the county.
Council also decided to buy a $10,000 fire rescue boat with half of that money coming from the county. Lisa Ward reminded council that $8,000 had already been budgeted to repair the old rescue boat, but that money can now go toward the purchase of the new one. She said the extra $2,000 will be cost-shared equally with the county.
King St. water/sewer lines moving ahead
Lisa Ward reported that a tender has been issued for the King Street water/sewer project with a closing date of October 6.
Council decided to send letters to residents letting them know about the timing of the project in case they want to replace their water lines at the same time. A letter will also be sent to let affected residents know that the sewer main is being extended and they will have the option of connecting to it.