DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Council has decided to apply to the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure grant program for two Township projects.
The Township is applying for a $10,000 grant for the repair of the Bell Tower at Port Perry Town Hall 1873, and they are also hoping for
$165,000 from the Federal Government program for Old Mill foundation restoration. The decision to apply was made at Council’s committees meeting on Monday, June 20.
66 percent of the funding for the Bell Tower project must come from either the Township or the Hall board, and the $330,000 for the Old Mill project must come from the Township.
The Old Mill is set to undergo a structural audit, with results likely to come back in the fall. Ward 4 Councillor Wilma Wotten questioned what will happen if the audit comes back stating that the Mill is not structurally sound.
“We are making an assumption here that we will get a structural analysis that confirms that the mill can be shored up at a reasonable cost,” Don Gordon, Director of Community Services, responded. “I think we are satisfied that there are adequate off ramps that, should we not get a positive report back from the engineering consultants, that we would simply not pursue the Canada 150 grant.”
The $150 million grant program was started in May of 2015, and earlier this year the Federal Government contributed another $150 million over two years to renovate, improve or expand community and cultural infrastructure. The Township previously filed for funding from the first intake of the program last year, for Old Mill restoration and solar panels for the Scugog Community Recreation Centre, but both were denied.
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