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Mulgrave mayor hoping to negotiate best dissolution deal possible

The mayor of Mulgrave says brokering the town's dissolution will be the main focus in 2017.

Ralph Hadley says talks have slowed at the moment because the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board hearings on Mulgrave's dissolution are not scheduled until March.

The NSUARB has set aside four days (March 20-23).

Hadley says the town could dissolve and join the Municipality of the District of Guysborough by the end of the summer, at the earliest.

In a year-end interview, Hadley tells The Hawk that Rte. 344 is the sticking point in negotiations.

"We've still got lots of work to do yet. We're trying to get the best bang for our buck from the province and Guysborough," he says, "and also we are kind of stuck on one thing with the province--it's the provincial road coming out of Mulgrave."

Hadley says neither the Town of Mulgrave, nor the MODG have the means to pay for that road's upkeep.

The mayor was elected in the October municipal elections; he had previously served as a town councillor.

There is still an empty seat on Mulgrave's town council, and Hadley says the ongoing uncertainty over when the town will dissolve has made it harder to find another councillor.

Hadley says he wants to stay the course in the coming year.

"I don't have a crystal ball. I just hope that we can just keep maintaining our services the best we can," he says. "We're still operating as a nice little town. We're keeping the lights on and paying the bills."

Hadley says the one major project scheduled for 2017 is the installation of a new sewer force main, which will happen in the spring.

He says federal officials have provided funding for that initiative.

The mayor says he's aggravated by the multiple delays and soaring costs of the town's new water treatment facility.

Work started on the new plant in May 2011.

Hadley says all the necessary infrastructure is there, but they just don't have enough water pressure to get it running.

The mayor says it has been a lengthy, annoying process.

"It's been over four years. The cost was only supposed to be $3 million. We're in close to $4 million now or more, and there's no plant running," he says. "Very, very frustrating, and we have one of the highest water rates in the province."

Hadley says town officials have contacted engineers and lawyers for advice on the water pressure situation.

Click here to listen to the full interview:


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