Perth South Council sets priority for fund application

By Dan Rankin

At their meeting on Tuesday evening, Perth South Council selected and prioritized two projects for which they will be applying for funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

Perth South will first seek funds to help remove and replace sidewalks in Sebringville east of Perth Road 130. The project, estimated to cost $70,000, could receive 33.3 percent funding of $23,333.31. The municipality will also apply for about $55,000 in funding to cover one third of the cost to put in a surface overlay on Perth Road 122 between Line 26 and Line 29 (between St. Pauls and Stratford). The total cost of that project is estimated to be $165,000.

According to a report from staff, the municipal portion of the cost of these projects would be covered through a reserve contribution, if the project were to be completed in 2016. Otherwise, the funding of the project would be considered during the 2017 budget process.

The deadline to apply for the second intake of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program was today at 5:00 pm.  The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario announced on May 24 this year that $44.4 million is now available under Intake Two of the program.

Perth South made a previous application for funding in the program’s first intake last year, to rehabilitate the Kirkton Woodham Pool Facility to meet accessibility standards. That application was not successful, though projects in Stratford, West Perth, Wellington North and Perth East did receive funding ranging in size from $20,000 for improvements to Perth East’s Pioneer Park, to $250,000 to rehabilitate Stratford’s Market Square.

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program commits funding to important investment projects that renovate, expand and improve existing public infrastructure assets such as community centres, recreational facilities, cultural centres and other community infrastructure as part of the government of Canada’s approach to celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation.

Other notes:

– The meeting began with a standing moment of reflection for Murray Hyde of Steve Smith Construction, who passed away in Stratford at the age of 54 on June 10.

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