A big announcement at this morning’s Wardens Breakfast.
Grey County is receiving 1.8 million dollars from the Ministry of Transportation through the Community Transportation Grant Program.
The money will be spread out over a four year period to help address Grey County’s transportation needs.
As part of the transportation initiative, Stephanie Stewart a West Grey employee is joining the County on a two year secondment as the Project Lead. (begins in July)
Hicks is very excited about the funding, noting that transportation is a key challenge for municipalities across Grey County.
One of the projects that the transportation grant dollars will support involves providing free transportation to youth enrolled in Hanover’s Launch Pad skilled based programming.
Youth within a 30 km radius of Hanover’s Launch Pad in both Grey and Bruce Counties will be able to access free transportation to and from Hanover.
An earlier transportation pilot project funded through the Saugeen Economic Development Corporation that offered similar free transportation services to youth enrolled in Launch Pad was a great success.
However once the funding ran out, the number of youth traveling to Hanover to receive skilled based education drastically dropped.
Hicks is confident those numbers will rise once free transportation begins again.
As for other transportation projects, Hicks says they are still in the planning stages.
One possible project could involve breathing new life into the former Highway 10 Corridor pilot project that provided transportation from Owen Sound to Shelburne.
But before committing to anything other then the Launch Pad transportation initiative, Hicks says the County needs to formulate a plan and carefully decide how to best spend the transportation dollars.
He says they need to walk before they run, to ensure they spend the funding dollars as wisely as possible.