CIP gets ‘amazing’ response
South Glengarry township staff is thrilled with the response to the first round of the municipality’s Community Improvement Plan (CIP) application intake.
“We received 12 applications (by November 5), which is just amazing,” Shauna Baggs, the township’s economic development and tourism coordinator, said during the December 17 regular council meeting.
“All 12 were reviewed (at a meeting on November 20). Two were recommended (by CIPAC, the Community Improvement Plan Advisory Committee) to go back and fine tune a few things, and then be re-submitted for the next round of applications, pending council’s approval, in March (2019).”
The CIPAC approved the remaining 10 applications – with few required modifications – and recommended their approval to council.
Mrs. Baggs added that the first round of South Glengarry’s CIP application intake was the most successful “of any community... throughout Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.”
In order for the 10 projects to begin, council had to approve CIPAC’s recommendations, as well as enter into agreements (via bylaws) with each applicant – both of which took place at the December 17 meeting.
The approved grant applications came to a total of $18,105.50 – just over 72 per cent of the $25,000 that council budgeted earlier this year for the CIP program in 2018.
The approved CIP projects involve various upgrades, ranging from building improvement to landscaping, to the addition/upgrading of commercial signage and awnings, at the respective establishments.
Four businesses on Cannon Street in South Lancaster (Aberdeen Gift, Creed Canada, the Jewellery Factory, and 2336616 Ontario Inc.) submitted successful applications, while Auld Kirktown, on Highway 2 in South Lancaster, as well as five businesses on Military Road in Lancaster – Lancaster Massage Therapy, Maison Eclectique, the Remax office, Rob McIntosh, and Viau Excavation – also received CIP funding.