CIP envelope $35K richer
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.