The province is doling out a significant chunk of change for infrastructure in Northumberland County and the City of Quinte West.
And as Mark Giunta reports, the money might be used for more than just roads and bridges.
Alnwick/Haldimand Township Fire Station #3 is a small building attached to the community centre in Roseneath…
And because it’s so small.
Officials say it needs to be replaced.
Allen Mann – Alnwick/Haldimand Township Fire Chief
“The Township is currently looking at replacing the hall. The feasibility. Part of that is funding, from both the province and federal governments.”
And some of that cash may have come in the form the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund.
The province is giving 17-Million dollars to Northumberland County and the City of Quinte-West for infrastructure upgrades.
768-thousand of that is going to Alnwick/Haldimand Township.
However, officials wouldn’t say if it would be used for a new fire hall.
Mayor John Logel – Alnwick/Haldimand Township:
“It will be used for roads and bridges throughout the township and other infrastructure, but specifically for roads and bridges.”
McDonald Road in Centreton is in rough shape…
To-date, OCIF money has been used entirely for roadwork in the township.
It’s an expensive task for small municipalities to fix up aging infrastructure like roads and bridges…
Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal:
Smaller communities like Grafton, which have limited taxbase. It’s so important for us to partner with these communities to replace vital infrastructure.”
Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal, who made the funding announcement in Grafton on Wednesday morning, says the township will receive 768-thousand dollars each year for the next three years.