An unexpected and much welcomed windfall for Brockton
The municipality has received word that it will be receiving extra Federal and Provincial dollars.
Brockton is receiving $916,000 in additional one time funding this year.
Mayor Chris Peabody calls the windfall very good news for the municipality.
$300,000 of this is coming in the form of one time top up Federal Gas Tax funding.
Peabody says this money will go directly into the road reserves for future road projects, noting there is no shortage of need in Brockton.
The remaining $616,000 in Provincial funding is coming from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
This one time money says Peabody has less strings attached.
The Province says the funding is intended to help modernize service delivery and reduce future costs through investments in projects such as: service delivery reviews, development of shared services agreements and capital investments.
Brockton staff have been charged with the task of bringing back a report to Council on options for the appropriate use of these funds.
Peabody says once the report is in, Council can debate the options and decide how to best spend the money.
Peabody says during the election campaign he lobbied MPP Lisa Thompson over his concerns regarding the practice of always requiring municipalities to write grant applications in order to access much needed government funding.
Peabody applauds Thompson for listening, calling it refreshing for municipalities to receive grant dollars with very little strings attached.
He says providing municipalities with much needed funding and the ability to choose how best to spend it, is a very good problem to have.