The money should soon be flowing from the federal government for Yarmouth ferry terminal renovations.
Renovations at the Yarmouth ferry terminal are expected to begin as soon as the funding agreement is signed.
Yarmouth town council authorized its CAO, Jeff Gushue, to execute a contribution agreement with the federal government by resolution passed at its regular council meeting on Thursday, Dec. 12.
In the resolution approved by council it says the contribution agreement it says the Government of Canada will provide funding to “rehabilitate the Yarmouth ferry terminal in order to support the resumption of the Yarmouth ferry service.”
The resolution also identifies the Yarmouth Area Industrial Commission as the agency that the town will designate as “project manager specific to the rehabilitation” of the terminal.
The federal government transferred ownership of the ferry terminal to the Town of Yarmouth on Friday, Dec. 6.
Although the town is acting as the lead municipal unit in dealings with the federal government, all three municipal units in Yarmouth County expect to be involved in its management and operations. How those responsibilities will be shared has not yet been formalized.
The terminal has to be ready by May 1, in order to meet the schedule requirements for STM Quest’s planned Nova Star ferry service between Yarmouth and Portland, Maine.