$500,000 bridge work

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - News

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.

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