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Here is the information requested by many of you

Several community members and other interested parties have asked for information on how they can let the government know of their shock and disapproval about its refusal to provide Westport with the OCIF grant and specifically have asked for some assistance in authoring the letter.

There are 4 Ministers who’s responsibilities overlap somewhat in relation to the OCIF grants, environment and infrastructure.  I recommend sending correspondence to Minister B Duguid.  Here are his details.

Ministry
Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
8th Floor, Hearst Block
900 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2E1
Tel
416-325-6900
Fax
416-325-6918

The following paragraphs are only suggestions for your correspondence.  Please know that we are indebted to each person who takes the time to share their disappointment with the government’s decision to deny the OCIF grant.

The Village of Westport continues to confront an environmental and public health crisis. The municipal wastewater system is unable to dispose of necessary volumes of effluent to prevent storage overflow and costly haulage of effluent has already been required this winter. Village Council and staff, working hand in hand with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, have taken several major steps toward correcting this situation. Now, with the engineering solution in sight as a result of an environmental assessment process, the Village’s OCIF capital grant application was turned down.

The townspeople of this small village do not have the money to cover the major costs of this work. The problem continues to be an urgent one from both a public health and environmental point of view. Capital funding assistance is essential to eliminate this imminent threat and I am asking you to reconsider the application from the Village of Westport.

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Re: UPDATE – Infrastructure (OCIF) Grant

We have an amazing MPP.  Steve Clarke has been working on our behalf since hearing this news on Monday.

Many people have asked me what they can do to help.  You can write or email the Minister ultimately responsible for infrastructure in the province of Ontario.

Minister Brad Duguid
Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
8th Floor, Hearst Block
900 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2E1
Tel
416-325-6900
Fax
416-325-6918
bduguid.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Thanks everyone.  We will continue to explore all avenues.  Your comments and support over the past couple of days are very much appreciated.

 

VILLAGE DENIED INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT

On Friday, February 5, the Village of Westport was notified that its application for the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) Application Based Component was denied.  This grant was an absolute necessity to complete the work at the waste water treatment plant and bring the municipality into compliance with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

It is difficult to comprehend how the Village’s application would not be reviewed, assessed and ranked at or near the top of the applicant lists due to the significant potential risks to the environment posed by the aging Snowfluent system and the Village’s severely limited tax base.  

The Village is contacting Ministry staff for additional explanations and exploring all other possibilities for financing the refurbishment at the waste water treatment plant.  This issue is on the Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda, being held on Tuesday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m.  

If you have any questions, please contact the Councillor of your choice or me at 613-273-9195.

Village of Westport – new web site

Great news, everyone!  You spoke.  We listened.  Here is the result.  Check out the new look and design of our new web site.  We hope it is easier to find information and it is certainly a more colourful site.  Some pages are still under construction, however we wanted to go live now and catch up those other pages later.

Check out the new Vintage Westport page – thanks to Christine Janeway for her meticulous research and fascinating photos.  A big shout out to Niki Bresee – for her efforts to bring the new web site from a concept to a reality.

Please give us some feedback if there are features you would like to see or if something is not working for you on the web site.

http://villageofwestport.ca

APPEAL PERIOD FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT ENDED JANUARY 30, 2016

Although the final report proposing to install a large subsurface disposal system on the existing wastewater treatment plant site was submitted to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change in late December, there is a mandatory 30 day period where the public can appeal to the Ministry to not support the application.  January 30 was the end of the appeal period and the Village received confirmation from the Ministry yesterday that there were no appeals and we can proceed.

Congratulations to the team from AECOM and the Village’s Technical Support Committee for completing the very thorough and often challenging environmental assessment in 8 months!

The next step is to hire an engineering firm to do the detailed design for the subsurface disposal system.  Our Engineer, Leslie Whiteman, is preparing those documents and the Village hopes to get the RFPs out by the end of next week.

We are anxiously awaiting word from the Provincial Government that we have been awarded another OCIF grant, which would assist getting the new system installed this year.

Hauling will continue until the end of next week and by that time it is expected that  10,000 m3 will have been removed from the lagoons.  The spring weather is lovely for many, but has drastically reduced the capability to process at the plant.

If you have any questions, please contact the Councillor of your choice or me at 613-273-9195.