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Saugeen Shores Asks, "Where's The Money?"

Saugeen Shores | by Dave Carr  

Saugeen Shores council wants municipalities to press the province for cash.

You may remember the TV ad for a fast food burger where an elderly person was screaming, "Where's the Beef?"

Along the same lines, Saugeen Shores council wants Ontario municipalities to start screaming, "Where's the cash?"

In a recent Notice of Motion, Vice Deputy Mayor Mike Myatt says they're not looking for beef but certainly want to get to the meat of the matter.

The feds and the province have been stingy with recreational infrastructure program money with Myatt saying there hasn't been a meaningful recreational infrastructure program since 2008.

Yet, Myatt says the federal government has 180-billion-dollars set aside as of 2017 and it's time for the province to step up to the plate as well.

He says it's incumbent on Saugeen Shores council and municipalities across the province to start the lobbying process.

Mayor Luke Charbonneau says he's been told by a provincial government rep at the recent Rural Ontario Municipalties Association (ROMA)conference that provincial money will start to flow sometime this year.

Myatt says the Notice of Motion is to make sure the province hears the lobby and acts accordingly.

Myatt lists the outdoor sports complex; a new pool and the Southampton Town Hall as projects that need financial assistance from the senior levels of government under any recreational and cultural infrastructure program.

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