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Brockton Wants Funding For New Public Works Garage

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

The Walkerton Public Works garage is in dire need of replacing & council wants a grant.

The Walkerton Public Works garage is in dire need of replacing, and Brockton is hoping to receive an Ontario Municipal Greenhouse Gas Grant to help finance the build project.

Mayor David Inglis says the Walkerton Works Shop it is too small, outdated and very energy inefficient.

The plan is to build a new combined Walkerton Brant Works Shop that will be energy efficient and serve both areas of the municipality.

Currently Brockton has three Works Shops located in Walkerton, Brant and Greenock.

Last Fall Brockton applied for round one of the Green House Grant Challenge Fund requesting 100 percent funding for the combined Works Shop project. That application was denied.

Brockton is taking one more crack at the grant dollars, only this time the municipality is only asking the Province to fund 50 percent of the project cost.

Engineers have completed the budget and work plan which includes a estimated cost to build the new combined energy efficient shop at $493,640.

Staff report that a 2017 energy audit listed the Walkerton Works Shop as a key priority in need of improvement due to its very poor energy efficiency rating.

Inglis says they would like to begin the construction of the combined Walkerton Brant Workshop in July of 2020.

Of course this will be dependant upon Green House Gas dollars.

It is staff’s understanding from Fair Tax that this will be the last intake for the Ontario Municipal Green House Gas Grant.

This means that this is Brockton’s last chance to acquire Provincial green house grant dollars to assist with this build project.

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