WELLINGTON COUNTY – North Wellington municipalities are among a group of Wellington County municipalities that have secured a $141,000 Municipal Modernization Grant from the province.
Wellington North was the lead applicant on the grant, which also included Mapleton and Minto, as well as Centre Wellington, Guelph-Eramosa and the County of Wellington.
The grant was among the successful applications announced at the recent Rural Ontario Municipal Association conference in Toronto.
Last fall, the county and its seven member municipalities participated in an operational service efficiency review in response to the Government of Ontario’s Municipal Modernization Grant.
The objective was to conduct a review of the operations within each municipality to find efficiencies and cost-savings without compromising services.
One of the opportunities identified was to explore common information technology (IT) systems and resources across the county and its member municipalities.
Funds will be used to engage a consultant to review the municipalities’ current IT service delivery models and look for opportunities to be more efficient.
“The county put money into a consultant to try and do things through shared services … we put a joint application into the province and we received $140,000 to do more on an IT study,” Minto Mayor George Bridge explained at the Jan. 21 town council meeting. “Hopefully we’ll get some good stuff out of it.”
The final report on the IT service delivery review will be submitted to the province by the end of June.