NEWS BRIEFS: Town to seek more time to finish work


The Town of Hay River will seek an extension for Porritt Landing dredging, which has to be done by the end of the fiscal year on March 31.

At the March 6 meeting of the Public Works Committee, councillors were told the work would not be done by that date.

“We’re never going to get it by March 31,” said Earle Dumas, the town’s director of projects and planning, of the $21,000 dredging project.

Dumas said the project could be done by boating season.

The funding is from the Small Crafts Harbour Program of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

“If we don’t have the funding in place then we can’t do the work,” said Deputy Mayor Donna Lee Jungkind. “So we’ll have to see if there’s any way that we can get an extension.”

AWG marketplace set for Chief Sunrise

A South Slave Arctic Winter Games marketplace will be held from March 19 to March 23.

The marketplace – featuring artwork, photography, jewelry and more from local craftspeople and artisans – will be held from noon to 7 p.m. each day in the gym of Chief Sunrise Education Centre on the Hay River Reserve.

Four alternates for Board of Revision

Four alternates were named to the 2018 Board of Revision at a special meeting of town council on March 6.

The alternates are Brian Lefebvre, Jane Groenewegen, Scotty Edgerton and June Tobin.

The board hears complaints about property tax assessments.

Major funding for NWT infrastructure

On March 7 in Yellowknife, the federal government and the GNWT announced the signing of a bilateral agreement to provide more than $570 million over the next decade in federal funding for infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada plan.

The projects will be cost-shared with the territorial government, municipalities and other partners.

Canada is providing up to 75 per cent of eligible expenditures in the territories and for projects with Indigenous partners.

St. Patrick’s Day sale at Legion

A St. Patrick’s Day bake and craft sale will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion.

The sale will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day.