The newly formed committee met recently to discuss a variety of topics, with a focus on quickly assembling a quality funding application for a major infrastructure project at Mariners Centre
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - Yarmouth, N.S. – A cross-section of staff and councillors from three partner municipalities recently met for the first time as the official Steering Committee guiding the Mariners Centre expansion project. The meeting allowed the group to determine its scope of work over coming months, and laid down important groundwork needed to allow for the fast assembly of a funding application due in June.
A number of action items were covered that will provide the committee with the tools and resources needed to complete the application in a timely manner. One key item includes a request to be put to all three councils for shared funding to cover costs of the application process. It was also agreed that, given the great detail of the application and importance of the project to the region, the hiring of an experienced project coordinator is necessary.
A request for decision from all three councils will be submitted to approve the position, and once the committee receives approval of its budget, a coordinator will be hired and housed at the Municipality of Yarmouth administration building to project manage the application.
Municipality of Yarmouth Warden Leland Anthony was appointed as Chair of the Committee while Argyle Deputy Warden Danny Muise was appointed Vice Chair. According to Warden Anthony, the meeting was on target and the group all agreed that moving quickly on a funding application was a key priority.
“The first meeting of the Mariners Center Expansion Steering Committee went very well,” said Anthony. “Work on the funding application will begin in the next two to three weeks.”
Deputy Warden Muise echoed Anthony’s view, saying “As Vice Chair of the Steering Committee, I am very happy to be able to work with the Town of Yarmouth and Municipality of Yarmouth towards making this important regional project a possible reality. Our first meeting was very productive in the sense that all three units are on the same page on what we want to accomplish”.
Prior to this committee meeting, it was determined that the focus for the application would be to fund an aquatics centre, an indoor track with associated outdoor track facilities in Tusket, and a field house which would serve as a multi-purpose recreation facility. Other needs will be considered in future phases.
The Group meets again on April 5th to continue to move the project forward.
About the Steering Committee
The Steering committee is a group of 9 comprised of three members each from the Municipality of the District of Yarmouth, the Town of Yarmouth, and the Municipality of the District of Argyle. The members are:
Municipality of Yarmouth
Warden Leland Anthony (Committee Chair)
Deputy Warden John Cunningham
CAO Victoria Brooks
Town of Yarmouth
Mayor Pam Mood
Deputy Mayor Phil Mooney
CAO Jeff Gushue
Municipality of Argyle
Warden Richard Donaldson
Deputy Warden Danny Muise (Committee Vice-Chair)
CAO Alain Muise