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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.

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