‘Tell your friends’

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

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).

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