Assiginack and Billings move forward in rural infrastructure funding bids

MANITOULIN—Assiginack and Billings, the two Manitoulin municipalities that had representatives attend a sit-down meeting with Minister of Infrastructure Glen Murray in Espanola late last year, have been approved to submit formal applications to the Small Rural Northern Municipal Infrastructure Funding (SRNMIF) capital program for their small water treatment plants.

While all Ontario municipalities submitted expressions of interest to the program, only 100 were selected, Assiginack and Billings among them. Both municipalities submitted applications seeking funding for the purchase of replacement water filtration systems for their water treatment plants (one in Billings and two in Assiginack), as the US manufacturer who supplied the water filtration membranes is no longer in business.

Assiginack and Billings can expect to hear if they were successful in their respective bids in mid-February.

Alicia McCutcheon