CIP en­ve­lope $35K richer

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BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

Staff South Glen­garry coun­cil, pleased with the ini­tial suc­cess of the township’s Com­mu­nity Im­prove­ment Plan (CIP), has in­creased the ini­tia­tive’s bud­get for 2019 by $35,000.

“I’m ad­vo­cat­ing for $60,000 (from last year’s to­tal of $25,000),” DeputyMayo­r Lyle War­den said dur­ing March 22 bud­get talks.

“I think we need to do it. The pro­gram had a re­ally good and pos­i­tive re­view last year.” Mayor Frank Prevost also backed the bud­get boost. “I just don’t want to see us drop­ping it this year,” said Mayor Prevost. “The op­por­tu­nity is out there, and peo­ple know about it.”

The township’s gen­eral man­ager of com­mu­nity ser­vices Joanne Ha­ley, speak­ing on be­half of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and tourism of­fi­cer Shauna Baggs, who was not at the meet­ing, told coun­cil that the pro­gram has cre­ated quite a buzz. “We think we’re go­ing to have quite a few ap­pli­ca­tions for our next in­take.”

Dur­ing the last reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing of 2018, Mrs. Baggs de­scribed the first round of the CIP ap­pli­ca­tion in­take which ended Novem­ber 5, as “the most suc­cess­ful of any com­mu­nity through­out Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry.”

There will be ap­pli­ca­tion in­takes March 29, June 28 and Septem­ber 27. If there are re­main­ing funds avail­able, a fi­nal in­take will be an­nounced in Novem­ber. Ap­proved CIP grant ap­pli­ca­tions in 2018 to­talled $18,105.50.

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