Grant rejection has a silver lining
The province recently turned down South Glengarry township’s application for funds to re- habilitate the 3rd Line Road Bridge.
Yet the municipality still managed to come out a winner.
A February 15 letter from Joel Locklin, manager of infrastructure renewal programs-rural programs branch with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), addressed to the township’s general manager of infrastructure services Ewen MacDonald, states that the bridge project, “was unfortunately not selected for funding” as part of the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) 2017 top-up intake.
However, there was an upside to the intake bad news.
“While the project was not selected for funding... your municipality will be receiving $874,387 in formula-based funding from 2018 to 2020 to put towards important local infrastucture projects,” said Mr. Locklin, who added that his department “used an evidencebased approach and relied on the advice of a multi-ministry review team in the assessment process.”
Last August, South Glengarry council opted for the rehab of the 3rd Line Road Bridge, west of Curry Hill, as its project for the OCIF application.
An approximately $500,000 project, Mr. MacDonald was optimistic at the time that a successful application would result in the municipality receiving two-thirds of the funding for the work.
OMAFRA had previously informed Mr. MacDonald that the township was eligible to apply for projects costing up to $1.45 million.
Two other projects – construction of an elevated water storage facility in Glen Walter, pegged at between $2.5 and $3.5 million; and replacement of aging asbestoslined sewer pipes in Lancaster, the cost of which has yet to be determined – were also considered as application candidates.
However, Mr. MacDonald stated last summer that the bridge project would be a “slam dunk” in terms of a successful application.
There are no plans at this time regarding the allocation of the 2018 to 2020 funding.