Howick approved for $10,000 SLED funding for three Wi-Fi hotspots

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HOWICK – On Nov. 3, the Township of Howick announced the approval of its application for funding through the Supporting Local Economic Development (SLED) program.

The funding will go towards a project to install Wi-Fi hotspots at the Howick Optimist Pool in Gorrie and create internet cafés at the Howick Community Centre and Belmore Community Arena.

The township has been approved for $10,000 in funding as long as the project is completed no later than Dec. 31, 2021. No extensions will be granted for the SLED program.

“I think our quotes were a lot more than $10,000 so this will have to come back before council,” said Clerk Carol Watson.

Reeve Doug Hargrave said he was questioned by residents about the sequence of the projects. He rated the importance of the projects as the Howick Community Centre, the Howick Optimist Pool and then the Belmore project.

“We know this is probably going to be a lot more money or more money anyways,” he said. “Belmore has received some funding from Nuclear Waste Management. I wonder if we needed funds, if we went to them and if they were interested in helping us with this.”

Hargrave said he thinks it will be an asset for the staff if there is reliable Wi-Fi service in operation at the pool.

Colin Burrowes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times