Share your thoughts
BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
Staff North Stormont Councillor Roxane Villeneuve wants to hear from the community as to how they would like to see a half a million dollar-plus provincial government grant spent.
Coun. Villeneuve posted a video on her Facebook page July 7 in which she explained that the township had received $548,000 earlier this year (April) “to help with efficiencies in our municipality,” and that she had spoken with Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steven Clark earlier in the day regarding the funding.
“He advised me...that those funds are unrestricted, so we can basically do what we want with them, here in our municipality,” she said.
“It’s great news. We can use that money for beautification of our towns and villages. We can use it for infrastructure. We can use it for our roads department...So I ask for your feedback, as a taxpayer here in the township, what is it that you would wish to see us do with those funds?”
Coun. Villeneuve said she would take that public input back to the council table. Coun. Villeneuve, who ran in the 2014 provincial election as a Tory candidate for Glengarry-PrescottRussell, also thanked Mr. Clark and Premier Doug Ford “for making this happen.”
In mid-March, Mr. Clark announced the one-time investment – which the province referred to as “service modernization funding” – for more than 400 of Ontario’s small and rural communities to help those municipalities improve local service delivery and efficiency.
Funding was allocated based on the number of households in a municipality and whether the municipality was urban or rural.
Each of the six municipalities within the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry – along with the upper-tier municipality itself – received funding from this program.
North Glengarry’s grant was $598,861, while both South Glengarry and South Stormont received identical amounts of $602,025.
North Dundas’ grant was worth $596,943 and South Dundas received $600,406. The province cut a cheque to the United Counties for $725,000.