‘Tell your friends’
North Stormont council approved, in principle, the first four grant applications for its Community Improvement Plan (CIP) adopted earlier this year during its June 25 regular meeting.
Funding agreements between the township and the following businesses will now be prepared by municipal administration: Countryside Adventures, and Touch of Health – both in Moose Creek; as well as Sweet Clover Flowers, and Treats & Treasures, both located in Finch.
Countryside Adventures had applied for $1,500 to be used for landscaping work around existing signage; Sweet Clover Flowers was requesting $440 for new commercial signage and lighting; and Treats & Treasures’ $1,500 grant application was made to procure funding for a new business sign.
Touch of Health submitted the largest grant application – $9,500 – to be used for building accessibility improvements, landscaping work, and new signage.
Council was encouraged by the response to the CIP.
“I’m just really excited about this, and thank you to staff for getting this put through,” said Councillor Steve Densham.
“And tell your friends. We’ve only consumed about 25 per cent of the budget that’s allotted for this (in 2019), and we want to use it up...There is money available, and if we don’t spend it, it’s gone.”
Councillor Roxane Villeneuve echoed the sentiments of her colleague.
“The total that we received (from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing) is just over $40,000,” said Coun. Villeneuve.
“And we have about $20,000 left in that grant...So please get the message out that we have that available for businesses that are looking to improve their facilities.”
North Stormont was the last of the six townships within the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry to adopt a Community Improvement Plan, having adopted their CIP this past February.
North Dundas was the first to do so – in May 2013 – followed by South Stormont (July 2013), North Glengarry (February 2016), South Dundas (July 2018) and South Glengarry (September 2018).