Revitalization grant could go to signage and trails
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | April 19, 2018
Councillors in Highlands East are considering spending a $40,000 provincial grant on improving signage and walking trails around the municipality. They recently discussed how the money could be utilized after CAO Shannon Hunter presented a list of eligible projects.
“There are [many] options for council to consider,” said Hunter. With the Main Street Revitalization Initiative, “municipal governments can invest in revitalization activities that will support small businesses through activities undertaken to revitalize main streets,” she reported.
Projects identified in existing Community Improvement Plans and “strategic municipal physical infrastructure,” such as signage, streetscaping and marketing plans, are eligible. Mayor Dave Burton suggested that $10,000 be spent in each of the four wards.
“Councillors, and hopefully some citizens, decide what they’re going to do,” said Burton. Coun. Joan Barton agreed the money should be divided equally and suggested it be spent on pedestrian trails. Deputy Mayor Suzanne Partridge said the municipality needs consistent directional signage everywhere.
“[It’s] good for businesses and tourists,” said Partridge. Councillors suggested potential projects. Partridge asked to get an idea of costing. Hunter said they can take inventory of what they have.
Hunter told The Highlander the municipality will sign an agreement with the province for the funds after projects have been decided on. More than $26 million is available to single and lower-tier municipalities in Ontario (except Toronto) through the fund.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.