Grants for Marsh, busi­ness

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BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

Staff Both the Cooper Marsh Con­ser­va­tors and the own­ers of Springfiel­d Farm have been ap­proved for fund­ing through the United Coun­ties of Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry’s Re­gional In­cen­tive Plan.

South Glen­garry’s eco­nomic devel­op­ment and tourism co­or­di­na­tor Shauna Baggs ex­plained at the July 15 reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing the Cooper March rep­re­sen­ta­tives will re­ceive $8,902, with $4,995 in­tended as a restora­tion grant for build­ing im­prove­ments, and the re­main­der for trails im­prove­ment.

Springfiel­d Farm, lo­cated on County Road 25 in Ap­ple Hill and op­er­ated by Eleanor McGrath and her hus­band Fin­barr McCarthy, will get $27,000.

That grant in­cludes $10,000 each for façade im­prove­ment, and build­ing im­prove­ment/restora­tion, $5,500 for prop­erty im­prove­ment and $1,500 for a de­sign and fea­si­bil­ity study.

In or­der for the ap­pli­cants to re­ceive the fund­ing, a signed agree­ment must be ap­proved by the ap­pli­cants, the United Coun­ties and South Glen­garry.

Mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil mem­bers en­tered into agree­ments with Cooper Marsh and Springfiel­d Farm at the July 15 meet­ing. Both ap­pli­ca­tions had been ap­proved by the United Coun­ties June 18.

The SD&G Re­gional In­cen­tives Pro­gram was launched last Au­gust as a com­mu­nity im­prove­ment ini­tia­tive aimed at stim­u­lat­ing the growth of eco­nomic devel­op­ment in sev­eral ar­eas, in­clud­ing re­cre­ation, tourism, agri-tourism, and re­de­vel­op­ment/investment in ex­ist­ing build­ing stock “to sup­port em­ploy­ment, re­duce the num­ber of va­cant build­ings, and in­crease the as­sess­ment base.”

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