$30K more for CIP

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - News

BY AN­GELA BROWN

Staff Kwik Cash Financial Cen­tre at 69 Main St. S. in Alexan­dria will be re­ceiv­ing fund­ing for a makeover un­der the North Glen­garry Com­mu­nity Im­prove­ment Plan.

Coun­cil rat­i­fied the CIP com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tion to ap­prove a grant of $10,446 for the $37,569 project.

As a con­di­tion of the ap­proval, the busi­ness must re­move bill­boards from its build­ing and not in­stall any more ad­ver­tis­ing in the fu­ture.

The town­ship will waive the ap­pli­cant’s build­ing per­mit fee and has ap­proved an in­ter­est free loan from $5,000 to $10,000.

The busi­ness will in­stall new sig­nage and paint the ex­te­rior in a taupe/beige colour, en­sur­ing all trim is white, and re­place sid­ing. The job in­cludes adding three black awnings, flower beds and stones.

Costs in­creas­ing

The owner of a res­i­dence at 76 Main St. N. has re­ceived $932 more, for a to­tal of $1,638, to im­prove the build­ing’s frontage. The top-up was sought be­cause costs are higher than the es­ti­mate sub­mit­ted in May.

More fund­ing

North Glen­garry has de­cided to top up the Com­mu­nity Im­prove­ment Plan in­cen­tive pro­gram by $30,000 to be able to con­tinue fund­ing more projects.

The orig­i­nal grant bud­get of $ 50,000 had dwin­dled to $15,192.

Eco­nomic devel­op­ment of­fi­cer Kerri-Lynn Strot­mann gave an up­date to coun­cil re­cently, say­ing the CIP ini­tia­tive has been a great suc­cess in the first five months.

$155K in im­prove­ments

The com­mit­tee has ap­proved six projects and has two pend­ing for a to­tal of $155,280 in im­prove­ments, more than triple the mu­nic­i­pal in­vest­ment.

The com­mit­tee has 32 more prop­erty own­ers and/or ten­ants show­ing “se­ri­ous” in­ter­est in pur­su­ing CIP projects.

CAO Daniel Gagnon said, “We don’t want to shut the door” on the pro­gram. Coun. Carma Wil­liams agreed putting more money into the pro­gram is “a good idea” but didn’t want to see the town­ship put an end­less sup­ply of fund­ing into it. “We need a plan for 2017,” she added. “It’s first come, first served.” Coun­cil will fur­ther re­view fund­ing for the pro­gram in Septem­ber and when of­fi­cials start pre­par­ing the new bud­get.

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