CIP gets ‘amaz­ing’ re­sponse

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

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.

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