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Maritime Electric spokeswoman Kim Griffin looks over maps with Borden-Carleton Mayor Dean Sexton.
Underwater power cables will not jeopardize future development of abandoned Strait Crossing jetty
BORDEN-CARLETON â Underwater power cables will not jeopardize future development for a currently empty wharf with a lot of potential, a submarine cable engineer told residents here last night.
Waters became somewhat choppy between residents and a panel of engineers and Maritime Electric representatives when discussions came to the future of the Strait Crossing Inc. jetty during the town hall-style meeting.
The meeting saw Maritime Electric update residents and seek feedback on the underwater cable project, as well as an expansion to the townâs substation.
It also saw Wally MacDonald of Marenco Engineering address residentsâ previous concerns on whether large vessels, which would be too big for the jetty, would be able to anchor in the harbour without damaging the future cables.
MacDonald said that would be possible, although the town will not be able to dredge the harbour.
âWeâve looked into the jetty, and the problem . . . is itâs basically concrete boxes, you canât dig beside them to make them any deeper because obviously theyâd fall in,â said MacDonald âBut any ship that can dock at the jetty can easily anchor the harbour.â
The jetty, which was used during construction of the Confederation Bridge, is currently unused, although it has âa lot of potentialâ said MacDonald.
He said it can accommodate vessels that draw up to six metres of water.
MacDonald said the only concern would be that larger vessels, which would want to transfer their passengers to the jetty, would have to contact Maritime Electric before anchoring in the harbour.
âWe wouldnât want to just say, 'go ahead throw an anchor', weâd want to talk to them first,â said MacDonald. âThe big concern is that we wouldnât want them to drop the anchor directly on the cable.â
The meeting also saw Maritime Electric present landscaping options around the substation expansion, which is necessary for the new cables.
About 25 residents were also able to raise their concerns regarding those options and provide feedback.
The company has also pushed back the date and method for the installation after being requested by residents and fishermen in the area.
Maritime Electric spokeswoman Kim Griffin said the company is now planning on installing the new cables in October.
She said feedback from the meeting will be discussed by the company and the town council.
Mayor Dean Sexton said he was pleased with how the meeting went and that the council would continue to work with Maritime Electric.
âWe just wanted our concerns heard,â said Sexton. âThis is the kind of meeting we wanted to have, where they could hear our concerns. I just wish more residents had come to the meeting.â