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MSI funding for storage

Posted on February 4, 2016 by Vauxhall Advance

Nikki Jamieson
Vauxhall Advance
njamieson@tabertimes.com

Quality storage is hard to find.

Luckily, thanks to a Municipal Sustainability Initiative grant, the Town of Vauxhall will have it.

During their Jan. 18 meeting, council received a letter from Danielle Larivee, Minister of Municipal Affairs, where they learned that their MSI grant request for the construction of an equipment storage facility had been approved to the tune of $56,500.

The funds were earmarked for them in 2015, and included in their 2015 capital funding. However, they will only receive the money once they actually start the project, which they plan to do this year.

“We were glad to receive the MSI grant for the public works equipment storage facility,” said Margaret Plumtree, Vauxhall mayor. “It was approved last year by council, however, with the pool needing to be funded, (we) decided to do without for another year.”

The MSI have allocated those funds to Vauxhall, but the town is required to inform them where they will spend them. Therefore Vauxhall council will be getting a new quote this year, in order to determine the total cost of the shop upgrade. They are still approved for the grant, but they need to determine again how much they will need for their shop upgrade.

The MSI program supports the growth and management of infrastructure in Albertan communities, in areas such as recreation, roadways and bridges, public transportation and water systems. The Municipal Affairs department has allocated over $6.7 billion since the program was started in 2007.

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