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Successful grant application would renew Bloomfield Main St.,

UPDATE: Councillors voted 7-5 to agree to make the application, following discussion that the $324,400 could be better spent elsewhere. However, it was also noted that if approved, council has the option to decline the funding.

Staff will seek council’s support of a Connecting Links $2.7 million grant application to rehabilitate 2.2km of Bloomfield Main Street, and commitment to the municipality’s share of 10 per cent, or $324,400 to the project.

“From a priority perspective, this section of road would rank rather low compared to many other roads, and the $324,400 needed to fulfil this obligation could certainly be used to improve other roads with higher needs,” said Emily Cowan, Grants and Special Projects Co-ordinator, in her report.

“However, leveraging $2.7M on a $300K investment means that this section will be restored to new condition which would push it out of any capital needs for many years to come, thereby creating more room for other roads’ needs in the future.”

The $324,400 would be taken from the Reserves for Road Construction, not yet identified in the capital budget.

Through the Ministry of Transportation’s Connecting Links program, municipalities are invited to apply for grants to repair municipal roadways or bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway, through a community. The MTO pays for 90 per cent of the project.

If approved, the project would begin at the intersection of highways 33 and 62 in the west end of Bloomfield and through Main Street to the town boundary.

It would include the reconstruction of the roadway, partial replacement of concrete barrier curb and driveway depressions as required and partial sidewalk replacement as necessary.

As part of the requirements, the project must be completed in full by March 31, 2023. The County would expect to receive notification of the grant in early 2020.

Council meets tonight in Shire Hall, Picton at 7 p.m.

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