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MODG awards tender for new waste facility construction project

The logo for the Municipality of the County of Guysborough.
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GUYSBOROUGH, N.S. —

The Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) has awarded tender for the construction of a new solid waste cell.

At their regular monthly meeting April 17, council awarded tender to Nova Construction.

Nova was one of five bidders and offered the lowest bid. CAO Barry Carroll said the company is now in consultation with engineers over how it will handle the $3 million project.

“We expect construction to get going in the not-too-distant future, as soon as the weather cooperates, and things dry up a bit,” Carroll said.

Nova bid for tender for the project alongside four other companies; Dexter Construction, Weeks Construction, Alva Construction and Zutphen Contractors.
The MODG currently buries and contains its garbage in four closed cells and is finalizing plans to construct the fifth cell.

The MODG has agreements with several other municipalities and provides waste management services to 230,000 Nova Scotians in Cape Breton and the eastern mainland.


Making way for new business

The MODG is considering rezoning a residential property on Boylston to make way for a welding shop.

Council discussed the possibility of rezoning a residential property in the community to accommodate the plan of a resident who wants to open a new business there.

Council plans to gauge public opinion on the matter and will be conducting a public hearing on May 15, in the council chambers.

“We get quite a bit of this kind of thing,” Carroll said of the request. “That’s what Guysborough is about, the service industry. There’s usually not too much opposition to these kinds of things.”


Container changes

Changes may be on the way for a program that serves as the harbinger of spring – and spring cleaning – in the Guysborough County area.

MODG staff have instructed council to hold off on implementing this year’s bulk container program, pending further discussion on May 1.

Council released this year’s schedule, but Carroll noted MODG staff want to make changes to that schedule, “so we’re asking council to have another look at it on May 1.”

Carroll noted the municipality made schedule adjustments and sought feedback from the public and is considering further adjustments.

“We put bulk containers in various communities. We basically put big containers and waste trucks around, man them and take people’s bulk stuff,” Carroll said of the program. “It’s like a big spring cleanup.”

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