$500,000 bridge work
BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
Staff Faced with three options, South Glengarry council has chosen rehabilitation of the 3rd Line Road Bridge, west of Curry Hill, as its project for a provincial infrastructure funding application.
“I’ve reviewed the OCIF (Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund) requirements for the top-up funding, and based on the other couple of projects we were looking at...I am recommending that we use this ( the 3rd Line Road Bridge) for our ‘ top-up’ project application,” township general manager of infrastructure services Ewen MacDonald told council and staff Monday night.
“It’s about a $500,000 job. So hopefully, we’ll get two-thirds of the funding for that.”
During the July 10 regular meeting, Mr. MacDonald informed council that a recent letter from OMAFRA ( the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) advised the municipality of an opportunity for “top-up” funding through OCIF, and that the township was eligible to apply for projects up to $1.45 million.
At that time, he identified three initiatives that would best meet OCIF application requirements – construction of an elevated water storage facility in Glen Walter, pegged at between $2.5 and $3.5 million; replacement of aging asbestos- lined sewer pipes in Lancaster, the estimated cost of which is presently unknown; and rehabilitation of the 3rd Line Road Bridge.
Mr. MacDonald stated in July that the bridge project would be a “slam dunk” in terms of a successful application, although he conceded that the municipality would “unfortunately, be leaving some of the money on the table,” given the $1.45 million OCIF “top-up” eligibility limit.
The deadline to submit the OCIF application is September 27.