No decision yet on Stompin' Tom project

Eric McCarthy, The Guardian
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SKINNERS POND - The board of directors of Tignish Initiatives is deliberating on whether it will move ahead with a scaled-down version of its proposed Stompin' Tom Connors commemoration project.

The project went into a holding pattern in November after one of the anticipated funding partners denied Tignish Initiatives' application for financial assistance. That left the development with a funding shortfall and, as a result, the other funders sought a re-evaluation.

A consultant was hired to conduct the re-evaluation. Anne Arsenault, general manager of the Tignish economic development organization, admitted that if the project still goes ahead, it would likely be scaled back.

The Tignish Initiatives board of directors reviewed the report Tuesday night.

"They're digesting it," said Arsenault, adding that a board decision has not been made.

"Basically, it is a scaled-back version of the project and development. There is a budget to it and a plan," she said without providing details of the report.

She has been instructed to seek further information before the board meets again. She said the board will make its decision possibly as soon as its March 16 meeting.

The original plan called for a $1.94-million project at Skinners Pond on the site of Stompin' Tom Connors' boyhood home and country school. That remains the intended site for the development.

Geographic location: Tignish

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  • Mel
    March 03, 2016 - 14:31

    This man may not be a "today's" singer or a big time Rapper, but Stopping Tom is Canadian history in the music world, and it is time that he is fully recognized here on PEI. He was important!