Wellington North approves two CIP grants

WELLINGTON NORTH – Council here has approved Community Improvement Program (CIP) grants worth a total of just over $3,000 for two local businesses.

During the Dec. 14 meeting, council approved a $2,500 building improvement grant to Wellington Produce Packaging in Mount Forest and a $525 façade improvement grant to Arthur Chiropractic, located at 124 George Street in Arthur.

Wellington Produce Packaging, formerly known as Wellington Wood Products, is upgrading a warehouse area to create more covered shipping docks.

“New food safety requirements do not allow them to store product on outside docks, so they need to upgrade their facility to meet the new standards,” notes a report from economic development officer Dale Small.

The report states the company will be adding six docks to the west side of the building, one entrance bay door and one man-door.

Total cost of the improvements is estimated at $30,000 and the applicant is eligible for a $2,500 building improvement grant.

Dr. Sean Lisk, owner of Arthur Chiropractic, which recently relocated to 124B George Street in Arthur, will use the funding to assist with new signage and window lettering to help promote his business.

Small’s report notes council budgeted $75,000 in funding to support 2020 applications to the Community Improvement Program.

Year to date, the township has received 36 applications and council has approved $79,132 in funding, including $10,000 approved for projects that will not be completed this year and will be covered out of the 2021 CIP budget allocation.