West Nipissing launches community improvement plan

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The Municipality of West Nipissing has launched its 2022 Community Improvement Plan, a $60,000 fund meant to help revitalize and rejuvenate local infrastructure. Specifically, the municipality mentioned in a release that the money is bookmarked for improving signage and building facades.

“The Business Signage Program,” the municipality detailed, “is directed at commercial properties within the defined project area, to update and modernize signage.”

So, if your sign needs refreshing, you can apply to the municipality for a piece of that $60,000 dollar pie. Funds are available to replace, repair, and improve signs, and can also be put toward removing “existing dilapidated signs.”

As for the Façade Improvement Program, this fund is “intended to promote and support property owners in upgrading and improving the exterior building.” If your walls haven’t seen a paintbrush since 1982, you are probably a perfect candidate for the funding. However, it’s not only a coat of paint the municipality will help with. Repairing canopies, restoring brick work, or fixing old windows are also eligible expenses. If you’ve been waiting to repair that crumbling cornice, now would be the time to apply for some municipal money.

“We are very excited to be reintroducing the Community Improvement Plan in West Nipissing,” said Kassandra Girard, West Nipissing’s economic development officer. “We are hoping to see a lot of interest in the community and look forward to working alongside our commercial sector to revitalize our local infrastructure.”

The deadline to apply is November 30th, and funds will be available until the well runs dry. Applications and more information can be found on the municipality’s website at westnipissing.ca/CIP2022.

David Briggs is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of BayToday, a publication of Village Media. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BayToday.ca