First Community Improvement Grant approved

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Council approved its first CIP application from the Dundalk District Credit Union for $11,000.

That includes a Building/Facade upgrade grant of $5,000; signage of $2,500 and accessibility, $3,500.

The application letter was dated Jan. 15, before the form was posted. The staff review followed the approved process.

The report to council recently said that the project provides an attractive look to the building that improves the look of downtown Dundalk. The township’s facade/signage reserve was begun five years ago,

Coun. Martin Shipston referred to the grant as “a drop in the bucket” of the Credit Union’s total cost of renovation including architect fees, of more than $400,000.

“It’s money well spent and it’s the start of what we’ve been looking for the last four years,” he said.

The Dundalk District Credit Union is a member-owned and controlled financial business, with 2,300 members.

The staff report said that the project could be used to publicize the program through the township, to stimulate more investment.

The fund had $18,000 at the end of 2020 and the CIP reserve now has another $20,000 from Grey County funding.

Coun. Jason Rice voted against the grants. He re-stated his objection to taxpayers’ money going to private businesses – and further, to help some businesses and not others. He also told council that he had heard from a few people questioning the grant.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald