ANTIGONISH: Last week, Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher confirmed the municipality is using its federal gas tax funding, to the tune of over $307,000, for paving and other infrastructure items.

“Being a town, we’re responsible for all of our roads and sidewalks,” said Boucher.

“We wouldn’t be able to do the job that we do if we weren’t subsidized by the province and the gas tax. It makes a huge difference.”

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Boucher said there are sections of St. Ninian, Hawthorne, Pine, and MacLellan streets, along with others, which need paving. She also said there is work scheduled for a water line on Mariner Drive.

Boucher added the paving projects are set to happen this year.

“They should be starting anytime now,” she said.

“We’re a little bit late this year. Next year we’re hoping to do a preliminary budget early in the year for our capital projects and then pre-approve that and get them done earlier next year. Now we’re at a point where we’re in the queue for the different paving companies. They’ve already been tendered and they should be starting relatively soon.”