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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Spruce the Bruce Concerns

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Saugeen Shores Deputy Mayor feels they are being left out of grant process.

Some Saugeen Shores councillors think the municipality is getting the short end of the stick when it comes to the Spruce the Bruce campaign.

Spruce the Bruce project is a partnership with Bruce County and the Saugeen Economic Development Corporation aimed at assisting downtown revitalization with grants and assistance.

Saugeen Shores Deputy Mayor Luke Charbonneau says he's frustrated because this year the municipality is frozen out of the grant money.

Charbonneau says when the program began last year, the town did everything Bruce County asked of it and grant money started to flow.

However sometime in the last 12 months he says the rules have changed and suddenly Saugeen Shores is on the outside looking in.

Mayor Mike Smith, who is also Bruce County Warden says the group is struggling to get the municipality to meet the criteria.

Smith says his frustration is that the 8 major municipalities in Bruce County should have been eligible from the start.

Meanwhile, Bruce Community Futures Development Corporation spokesperson Amanda Farrell says Saugeen Shores took advantage of the pilot program last year and she hopes it will be worked out so the municipality can qualify again this year.

Bruce Community Futures administers the Spruce the Bruce program.

One arm of the program gives grants for capital investments in streetscapes, infrastructure, building facades, signs, awnings and community signage.



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