Last Friday, CAO Snider, Treasurer Koiner and I had a teleconference with a staff member from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), to discuss the short comings of our OCIF3 application. It was during this discussion, that we learned that the launch for the next round of grants – OCIF4 – will be before the end of spring 2017. This is significant as previous OCIF launches have been in the fall. One of the conditions of the OCIF grant programme is that eligible expenses date back to the day of the launch. What does this mean for Westport? If we are successful getting OCIF4, all eligible expenses after the launch date (June 21) will the covered.
Accordingly, the work schedule has been adjusted by one month, so that work begins mid-June rather than mid-May. We are, once again, applying to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change for approval to spray irrigate in order to avoid hauling.
The advocacy with the government, on behalf of the Village, continues. I have a meeting with Minister Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure in Toronto on Thursday and continue to be in contact with the Premier’s office, pushing for a meeting with her.
Thank you to everyone who sent letters and emails to members of the Ontario government. I can assure you that they have not fallen on deaf ears.