$67.5K for Mor­ris­burg streetscape

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - FRONT PAGE - TODD HAM­BLE­TON

MOR­RIS­BURG — The United Coun­ties of SDG and Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of South Dun­das are see­ing RED. And in a good way. They’re re­ceiv­ing $67,500 in fund­ing through the Ru­ral Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment (RED) pro­gram to plan and de­sign a Mor­ris­burg Streetscape— and to help prove the point, sev­eral lo­cal politi­cians gath­ered at the cor­ner of County Roads 2 and 31 near the wel­come gar­den in the town on a cold af­ter­noon.

The RED pro­gram funds projects that stim­u­late eco­nomic growth in On­tario’s ru­ral and Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties, and MPP Jim McDonell said the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment is proud to sup­port projects that help to grow jobs and open doors to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

“On­tario has a first-class agri­food and agri­cul­tural sec­tor, and I’m pleased to be able to help our com­mu­nity iden­tify their eco­nomic strengths and de­velop strate­gies that can at­tract busi­ness and in­vest­ment,” he said.

Ian McLeod, the SDG County War­den, said the fund­ing will al­low an im­por­tant pro­ject to move for­ward – a part­ner­ship be­tween South Dun­das and SDG to re­de­velop “a vi­tal com­mer­cial area of Mor­ris­burg along County Roads 2 and 31. . . we look for­ward to en­gag­ing lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses as the de­sign work pro­gresses.”

McLeod added the goal will be to cre­ate “an at­trac­tive and func­tional streetscape that works for res­i­dents, busi­nesses and tourists vis­it­ing our area. Based on the re­sound­ing suc­cess of our round­about projects in Iro­quois and Long Sault, I’m con­fi­dent a re­designed in­ter­sec­tion will bet­ter fa­cil­i­tate the safe and ef­fi­cient move­ment of traf­fic, pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists.”

McDonell ac­knowl­edged SDG and South Dun­das have worked closely over a three-year pe­riod study­ing traf­fic and pedes­trian pat­terns and have part­nered on ini­tial con­cep­tual de­signs that in­te­grate streetscap­ing and im­proved road func­tion­al­ity in the pro­ject area of County Road 2.

The de­sign is ex­pected to con­sider lane re­duc­tions, me­di­ans and sep­a­rated side­walks, im­proved light­ing, im­proved ac­cess to lo­cal busi­nesses, traf­fic calm­ing el­e­ments and pedes­trian ar­eas.

McDonell made the fund­ing an­nounce­ment on be­half of Ernie Harde­man, the Minister of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral Af­fairs, who made some pointed com­ments in a news re­lease that was pro­vided.

“Ru­ral On­tario has been ig­nored for too long,’’ Harde­man said. “These in­vest­ments, along with our com­mit­ment to cut red tape, will help cre­ate a strong fu­ture (for ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties).”

These com­ments made de­spite the fact the RED pro­gram has been around and pro­vid­ing fund­ing to ru­ral mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties for well over 10 years.

Said South Dun­das Mayor Steven Byvelds: “The mu­nic­i­pal­ity is pleased to be a col­lab­o­ra­tive partner in this pro­ject that will fur­ther en­hance our down­town core. Coun­cil will con­tinue to sup­port all lo­cal busi­ness and looks for­ward to fur­ther joint ini­tia­tives from our pro­vin­cial and county partners.”

Stor­mont-Dun­das-South Glen­garry is one of over 80 com­mu­ni­ties across the prov­ince ben­e­fit­ting from the sup­port by boost­ing and diver­si­fy­ing the lo­cal econ­omy, the prov­ince in­di­cated in its re­lease. tham­ble­[email protected]­media.com twit­ter.com/Free­hold­erTodd

TODD HAM­BLE­TON/CORN­WALL STAN­DARD-FREEHOLDER

From left at a Ru­ral Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment fund­ing an­nounce­ment on Fri­day af­ter­noon in Mor­ris­burg are Jim McDonell (MPP, Par­lia­men­tary As­sis­tant, Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs), Ian McLeod (SDG county war­den) and Steven Byvelds (Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of South Dun­das mayor).

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