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East St. Paul to receive $38,750 through the Small Communities Fund

Posted: August 18, 2017

Mayor Shelley Hart and MLA Ron Schuler are flanked by Couns. Charles Posthumus, left, and Brian Duval, at today's announcement

East St. Paul to receive $38,750 through the Small Communities Fund


East St. Paul received two grants totally $38,750 through the Small Communities Fund for important infrastructure upgrades today. St. Paul MLA Ron Schuler made the announcement this morning at the East St. Paul Farmers Market.

Mayor Shelley Hart said the grants will help fund sewage plant upgrades and allow for the purchase of an emergency power source for the arena and banquet hall.

"East St. Paul’s original sewage treatment plant was constructed in 1980 and we have been a leader in large scale development in the Capital Region with neighbourhoods such as Glengarry Park, North Hill Place and Pritchard Farm Properties to name just a few. While the original plant has been upgraded and expanded, an additional system with newer technology was added in 2009.  Today’s announcement will provide a total of $75,000.00 to undertake a feasibility study to review all the options available for the replacement of our 1980 sewage treatment technology,” said Mayor Shelley Hart.

The secondary power source falls in line with East St. Paul’s commitment to emergency preparedness.

"In December 2016, East St. Paul was the recipient of a Manitoba Community Emergency Preparedness Award.  This award recognizes communities with programs that have demonstrated excellence in developing and maintaining their emergency preparedness. East St. Paul’s ongoing commitment to community resiliency is demonstrated by our recent decision to pursue a permanent generator for our arena and banquet hall, which is designated as our Evacuation Centre. We appreciate the support of our MLA Ron Schuler and the $20,000.00 in funding from the Province of Manitoba in support of this project.”

Minister Schuler said the Manitoba government is investing in important infrastructure in the St. Paul constituency. Through the Small Communities Fund, the government is providing $20,000 to support a generator installation at the East St. Paul Arena, and $18,750 for the Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade: Feasibility Study in East St. Paul.

"Our government understands that small communities and their residents depend on investments in important local infrastructure projects,” said Minister Schuler.

"With the Small Communities Fund, we are supporting priority, local projects across Manitoba with investments in infrastructure that facilitates growth, improves the quality of life and boosts regional development.”

Provincial funding will cover one-third of the overall eligible project costs, which will be matched by one-third contributions from the federal government and the East St. Paul municipal government.

The Small Communities Fund supports priority public infrastructure projects in communities with fewer than 100,000 residents across Canada. The Manitoba and federal governments are using the fund to invest in 42 projects in 37 communities across the province, with each of the two levels of government contributing more than $10 million toward the estimated $34.6 million in total project costs. The projects will improve drinking water, wastewater management, culture, tourism, recreation and public transit across Manitoba.




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