$9-million in infrastructure grants for G-P-R; $4.46-million in S-D-SG

Rural Prescott-Russell. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

PRESCOTT-RUSSELL — Municipalities in Prescott-Russell have landed $9-million in provincial ‘OCIF’ infrastructure grants this year — double the amount awarded in neighbouring Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry.

Much of the funding for Prescott-Russell is flowing into sewage-related work.

The Village of Casselman will get up to $1.7-million to upgrade its sewage lagoon plus another $2-million maximum to extend the village’s sanitary sewer network north of the South Nation River.

Meanwhile, the City of Clarence-Rockland will collect up to $1.15-million to upgrade its sewage treatment plant. And to reduce sewer overflows, the Town of Hawkesbury will replace water, sanitary and storm mains with an approved grant of up to $1.79-million.

The money comes through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF), a program aimed at small, rural and northern communities. The province, which has allocated $300-million to the fund in 2018-19, recently announced successful applicants in four OCIF intake rounds.

Prescott-Russell’s $9-million allocation includes a further $1.26-million toward a second project in Clarence-Rockland — the replacement of Bearbrook Bridge on Bouvier Road — plus $1.09 million for a third phase of reconstructing Grande Montee Rd. in East Hawkesbury.

Prescott-Russell is represented provincially by Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Grant Crack, a member of the governing Liberal caucus.

In Tory MPP Jim McDonell’s neighbouring riding of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, the recently awarded OCIF grants total $4.46-million. That includes: $980,706 for a United Counties of SDG overhaul of County Rd. 2 in Long Sault; $2-million to improve Cornwall’s water distribution system; and $1.48-million for road, sidewalk and culvert upgrades in Newington. The latter project, in South Stormont, is the only lower-tier municipal project approved for OCIF funding in McDonell’s district.

It was not immediately clear if the discrepancy in funding levels was the result of fewer applications submitted by S-D-SG municipalities or fewer approvals granted to S-D-SG municipalities by OCIF program administrators.

 

 

Scroll down to share this article on social media. Scroll down to search nationvalleynews.com

 


 

Scroll down to share this article. Scroll down to search nationvalleynews.com. Scroll down to comment.