Dollars for pipes doled out


Fort Frances, Emo, and Chapple last week received federal and provincial funding through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund to ensure residents continue to have access to clean water.
Local MP Don Rusnak was at the Civic Centre here last Thursday to announce Fort Frances has been approved for $638,506 in federal funding, as well as $319,253 in provincial funding, to replace water and sewer pipes on Second Street East between Mowat Avenue and Portage Avenue.
This will be the major road project in Fort Frances this summer, and will start sometime next month.
Bay City Contractors will be doing the job.
“The receipt of today’s funding through the Clean Water and Waste Water Fund means that the Town of Fort Frances will undertake the reconstruction of a critical piece of our transportation network,” said Mayor Roy Avis.
He added the work will include not only new piping, but a new road surface once it’s complete.
Mayor Avis noted the watermain to be replaced originally was installed in 1914 while the sanitary sewer main dates back to 1945.
The replacement of both of these pipe sections will result in the stable provision of sewer and water services for residents and businesses, he added.
The Township of Emo, meanwhile, got $109,622 in federal funding, as well as $54,811 in provincial funding, for upgrades to its main sewage pumping station and to replace pumps at its water treatment plant.
The Township of Chapple received $50,000 in federal funding, and an additional $25,000 from the province, to upgrade the main outlet pipe at its lagoon.
Emo Mayor Jack Siemens and Chapple Reeve Peter Van Heyst both thanked Rusnak for delivering the good news.
The federal government is providing up to 50 percent of funding for these initiatives, with both the provincial government and municipalities contributing the remaining funds.
“Investing in water and wastewater treatment infrastructure is essential to maintaining a healthy environment and providing access to clean, reliable drinking water,” Rusnak said.
“The Government of Canada is working with provinces, territories, and municipalities across the country to support important projects like those in Northwestern Ontario, which ensure that Canadian communities are healthy and sustainable now and for years to come,” he added.
“Building and maintaining high-quality water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure is essential to building liveable communities in Northwestern Ontario,” echoed Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP and Municipalities minister Bill Mauro in a press release.
“This announcement demonstrates the province’s commitment to partnering with municipalities in order to deliver the public infrastructure Ontarians need,” he said.
“I am pleased that these projects will contribute to enhanced quality of life for residents in Fort Frances, Emo, and Chapple for years to come,” added Mauro.