Colchester County looks to feds, province for archaeological dig funding for Debert

The Municipality of Colchester expects to spend around $1 million on the archaeological program at the Debert Air Industrial Park.

Director of Community Development Crawford Macpherson tells our newsroom the challenge with determining the cost is you don't know until you do the work.

He says the current area of focus, Block 1 just beyond Tim Hortons, is a deeper sand deposit so it takes longer to dig through.

A report from staff to council says the average cost per acre is around $29,000.

The county has spent around $3.8 million since taking over the program from the province in 2012, including $1.2 million in Block 1 just last year.

The cost of the archeaological dig is added to the purchase price of the property, meaning the county is dealing with deferred payment until it sells.

Staff recommended council approve this year's program and authorize Mayor Christine Blair to write the federal and provincial governments to seek funding.