NORTH HURON –Jamie McCarthy, North Huron’s director of public works, presented some good news to council at its Aug. 9 meeting.
The Public Works building and the Wingham Firehall will soon have washroom facilities for their female employees separate from the men.
In December 2020, council authorized staff to apply for funding from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream – Local Government Intake.
McCarthy's report said the funding would allow for the construction of separate washroom and shower facilities, upgrade plumbing, electrical, and venting systems for washroom and shower facilities, and installing accessible showers, doors, sinks, and toilets.
The total eligible spending amount is $100,000 for the project. The township will receive a maximum of $20,000 from Ontario and $80,000 from Canada.
The project will result in improved access to washroom facilities for female staff, increased sanitization for the team, physical separation, the ability to meet accessibility standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and the heightened ability for female firefighters to meet the North Huron Fire Department Cancer Prevention Policy standards.
McCarthy's report said that once further engineering is completed, they will provide the council with a detailed cost summary to discuss during the 2022 budget deliberations.
Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times