Mayor eyes piece of infrastructure fund

Mapleton Mayor John Green says the township should try to take advantage of a one-time $300-million infrastructure program being offered by the province.

On. Jan. 8 Green suggested the township apply to have one of several projects in the muni­cipality covered by the Muni­cipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative (MIII).

Under the program Ontario municipalities will be able to apply for up to 100% of the cost of their project.

And unlike the Canada On­tario Municipal Rural Infra­structure Fund (COMRIF) program, municipalities are not re­quired to match the amounts they request.

Green specifically mention­ed a paving project that was deferred last year, the reconstruction of a bridge on Con­ces­sion 14 in former Mary­borough township, and the possibility of applying for a community centre project.

He said council should discuss the issue soon so the township can apply for something.

The deadline for applications is Feb.15.