By Scott Costen
Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Perhaps that explains a couple of smart and successful initiatives by Region of Queens Municipality.
The facility tours being held this week are a great way to celebrate Municipal Awareness Week. They’re giving residents an opportunity to tour low-profile operations such as our water and sewage treatment facilities, and more familiar ones like Queens Place Emera Centre and the municipal landfill.
Another successful venture is the Business Facade Program. The street-level beautification initiative, launched earlier this year, appears to be a winner. According to a Nov. 13 economic development concept paper, 10 projects have received matching municipal funding for a variety of exterior upgrades.
Nearly all of the $40,000 budgeted for the program has been spent. The concept paper notes: “The estimated value of work, if it is all completed as detailed, is $110,864.76, well above the anticipated ($80,000).”
Eight of the participating businesses are in downtown Liverpool, which needs far more support than it has been getting. Are municipal officials planning a “next step” for downtown, or are they waiting for the broken clock to be right again?