Township to receive $2M in funding for Wingham standpipe project

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WINGHAM – The Township of North Huron will receive more than $2 million in federal and provincial funding for the Wingham standpipe replacement project.

On Monday, the township accepted the transfer payment agreement between Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario, as represented by the Minister of Infrastructure, and the Corporation of North Huron.

In 2019, council authorized staff to apply for funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan (ICIP) Green Stream Intake program to replace the Wingham standpipe.

Director of Public Works Jamie McCarthy reported to North Huron council on July 5 that the township’s ICIP Green Stream funding application was approved by the Ministry of Infrastructure.

The total eligible expenditure amount for this project is $2,852,040.00.

Ontario’s maximum contribution towards this project is $950,584.93, and Canada’s maximum contribution is $1,140,816.00. North Huron is responsible for the balance.

Council authorized staff to award the engineering design work to replace the elevated Wingham water storage facility to RJ Burnside and Associates at the May 17 regular council meeting.

Once the design work is complete, council will be able to apply the funds received from the federal and provincial governments towards replacing the Wingham standpipe.

McCarthy told council that staff would provide a report in the future, once further engineering is completed, that will include detailed costs for deliberation in the 2022 budget discussions.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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