Ger­rish Street sig­nage ap­proved

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Wind­sor coun­cil­lors braced them­selves for some dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions on May 3 as they went through all of the grant ap­pli­ca­tions dur­ing bud­get dis­cus­sions and de­cided how much money to give to each group.

Deputy Mayor Lau­rie Mur­ley, who chaired bud­get dis­cus­sions, said the grant process is never easy.

“Tra­di­tion­ally this has been one of the most dif­fi­cult as­pects of the bud­get for var­i­ous rea­sons,” Mur­ley said.

“We’re all very pas­sion­ate about the com­mu­nity and all of the grant ap­pli­ca­tions we’ve re­ceived are from ex­cel­lent or­ga­ni­za­tions that of­fer qual­ity of life here in Wind­sor,” she said.

“But, we are under chal­lenges as well.”

An eval­u­a­tion cri­te­ria was used by Wind­sor coun­cil to score each ap­pli­ca­tion, which helped guide how much money was given to each or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Over­all, coun­cil set aside just under $30,000 this year — with $15,000 go­ing to the Wind­sor Busi­ness En­hance­ment So­ci­ety for a sig­nage plan af­ter Ger­rish Street is re­built this year, $2,000 go­ing to­wards a youth ini­tia­tive, and the re­main­ing $13,000 to grant ap­pli­cants.

No grant con­tin­gency fund was set aside for fu­ture ap­pli­cants this year. fis­cal di­rect in­put into,” Wind­sor Mayor Anna Allen said. “We are deal­ing with one, whether it comes through or not, in the town, and we bet­ter re­serve our re­sources for that.”

$1,000 was set aside for 9 Lives Cat Res­cue So­ci­ety and $500 to the Hants County SPCA to help ad­dress the feral cat pop­u­la­tion.

No cash do­na­tion was given to Christ­mas An­gels, but an inkind do­na­tion of free com­mu­nity cen­tre space was granted for their telethon.

The Wind­sor Hockey Heritage So­ci­ety re­ceived an in-kind do­na­tion, worth roughly $1,500, for the Long Pond Heritage Clas­sic, $2,000 for snow clear­ing and an ad­di­tional $1,500 in cash for a to­tal of $5,000.

A to­tal of $1,500 was given to West Hants Mi­nor Ball. Coun­cil said they main­tain their own grounds and help keep youth en­gaged.

The West Hants His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety is set to re­ceive $1,000 for a spe­cial project.

Th­ese grants still have to be con­firmed when the bud­get is even­tu­ally passed later this month.

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