$30K more for CIP
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.
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.
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.