McDougall applying for grant to help fund accessibility renovations

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The Municipality of McDougall currently has two projects for which it would like to apply for funding under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan COVID-19 Resilience Stream.

McDougall chief administrative officer Tim Hunt said that if the municipality is approved, it could see $100,000 to support projects.

“The two I’d like to move forward with an application for funding is to complete the renovations at the municipal office (and) for accessibility renovations at the Nobel church,” he said during the Nov. 18 council meeting.

The municipality is considering taking ownership of the facility as a recreation centre. Hunt said there would be accessibility issues for the entrance, washrooms and general cleanup of the building.

“This funding is not going to cover any major renovations we want to do, but it will certainly put us in the position where we can operate the building in a positive (and) respectful manner to the citizens,” he said.

Mayor Dale Robinson stated there was flexibility for the money to be moved around depending on the needs of the two projects.

Coun. Joel Constable raised the question if there was any thought to replacing the municipal office down the road.

“For the amount of money (contractors) were looking for to replace the windows and do some front repairs, it made me think, ‘is it worth doing?’” he asked.

The reply from Hunt was, “I don’t see it happening in the very near future … I think this building will last us another few years, for sure.”

However, Robinson noted that during the recent wind storm and power outage, it became evident there were some improvements that could be made to the offices.

“We have older, outdated electric furnaces heating this building, which is not ideal and we don’t have a generator system that’s capable of powering it,” he said, adding the importance of striking a balance on renovation needs.

Council advised staff to move forward with the grant application for the two projects for the Dec. 21 deadline.

Sarah Cooke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, muskokaregion.com