Nice try but, as the saying goes, no cigar.
Referring to a letter from the provincial Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Todd Stone, regarding the Salmon River Bridge, Coun. Alan Harrison said at a recent council meeting he found the wording of the letter “interesting and perhaps promising.”
He was referring to the phrase: “partnering to undertake a flood plain hazard assessment.”
Regarding partnering, Harrison said: “It’s the first we’ve heard they might share,” and suggested council respond by explaining the city has $40,000 ready to contribute if the province wishes to do its part.
City administrator Carl Bannister said in staff’s conversations the ministry has always said it will conduct a flood risk assessment, but only as it pertains to the bridge – not the broader assessment of the delta the city wants.
Harrison asked, with a smile: “Am I inferring something between the lines that’s not there?”
“I think you are,” Bannister replied.
Harrison thanked him. “I like direct answers.”