SOUTH DUNDAS – The Morrisburg waterfront path will be refurbished thanks to a successful application to the Investing in Canada Plan COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream.
The municipality applied for the funding in November 2020.
South Dundas will receive $144, 787.49 to rehabilitate the 1.1 kilometre waterfront path between the municipal dock and the beach. The upgrade will include widening the path to 2.5 metres.
“We are thrilled to have been approved for funding and to get started on this project that will benefit our community,” said Kalynn Sawyer Helmer with the municipality.
The funding for South Dundas is part of a larger $22.2 million announcement for Eastern Ontario. In the riding of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, over $983k of spending was announced.
“It is crucial that our government continues to support our worthy municipal partners by making investments in local infrastructure that will benefit their residents,” said SDSG member of provincial Parliament Jim McDonell.
The spending is an 80/20 split between the federal and provincial governments.
Other municipalities receiving money include SDG Counties, which will get $100k to spend on abatement and structural upgrades for the Warden’s House.
North Dundas will receive $100k for upgrading a tennis court, replacing baseball field lighting, playground equipment and adding an accessible lift for a community pool.
South Stormont’s Community Park multi-use path will also get $99k to add 600 metres to the pathway system.
South Glengarry will get $100k to rehabilitate the Peanut Line Bridge and Trail. The wooden deck of the former railroad bridge burned in 2019.
The City of Cornwall will get the largest amount of funding for the riding, nearly $605k. This includes spending to add 700 metres of new recreation trails, 400 metres of new sidewalks, replacing some outdoor park benches, bleachers, and garbage bins. The public safety announcement system in the emergency response centre of the Cornwall Civic Complex will also be replaced.
Absent from the list of announcements is North Stormont.
Christine Bujold, spokesperson for Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, told The Leader that the funding distribution for this funding program is based on a guaranteed minimum of $100k to each of the 444 municipalities in Ontario.
“Some communities may notice they are receiving more or less than a neighbouring community,” Bujoud said. “This can be explained by a number of factors, including but not limited to, differences in the value of total infrastructure, property tax indicators and the number of households.”
She confirmed that municipalities not included in this funding announcement will still receive funding.
“Some of the projects are currently going through the formal approvals process, and we anticipate additional approvals/announcements in the coming weeks,” Bujold said. “The June 15 announcement includes regional funding based on project location. Further details about the specific projects will be announced locally soon.”
North Stormont mayor Jim Wert confirmed that his township is working on its own project under the Resilience Infrastructure Stream and expects to have an announcement in the coming weeks.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader