Grant re­jec­tion has a sil­ver lin­ing

The Glengarry News - - News - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

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.

Up­side

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.

$500,000 project

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.

Wa­ter tank

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.

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