$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.



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