Tantramar Town Council is scheduled to meet on Monday to hear a public presentation on Phase III of Sackville’s Lorne Street flood control project.
According to figures supplied to Warktimes by Acting Treasurer Michael Beal, the project could come in $566,905 over budget unless modifications are made to the final contract.
It calls for digging a retention pond behind the community gardens in the industrial park as well as installing culverts and digging ditches to drain stormwater into the Tantramar River.
On Wednesday, the town unveiled four bids on the project, the lowest from Beale and Inch for $5,608,516.
When that bid is added to contracts already awarded to the Moncton engineering firm Englobe and Beale and Inch for constructing a retention pond in the old Sackville quarry, the funds needed would exceed the amount currently available from all three levels of government:
Town Engineer Jon Eppell said Wednesday that council would receive a public presentation on the project before it votes on whether to approve it.
According to the agenda posted on the town’s website, there appears to be no opportunity for members of the public to ask questions at Monday’s meeting.
Tantramar council will also receive a presentation Monday on the 2023 town budget that was imposed by the province as part of the municipal reform process.
Preliminary figures obtained by CHMA reporter Erica Butler show that property tax rates are up in the local service districts, but down slightly in Sackville and Dorchester.
To read her report, click here.