There's nothing like welcoming in the New Year with a cheque. So, it was all smiles for mayor and council at Kenora city hall, when Northern Development Minister Greg Rickford came for a visit earlier today and delivered a cheque for $1 million.

The grant will help the city move ahead with the next phase of downtown revitalization. Along with upgrades to underground water and sewer lines, the project could also help to ease traffic flow, during the summer tourist season.

"I think when you take a look at the boardwalk, Phase I (Main Street), what we've done on Second Street, we're rounding the corners here in the city. It makes sense. If we're going to live up to that tourist destination for the world, this is what we have to keep on doing and be committed to," Rickford said, after this afternoon's announcement in council chambers.

If all goes according to plan, Phase IV of the development could begin this year, and it could include connecting First Street South by going through the old mall parking lot, as well as upgrades to water and sewer lines.

Council is waiting for a response from the federal government and FedNor.

The 2019 approved capital budget reflected a project totaling $6.255 million. The project was to be funded as follows:

  • Sewer & Water Reserve Funds  $1.395 million
  • Municipal Reserves                         $2.860 million
  • Government Funding                     $2 million

Ratepayers would contribute to the project through property taxes, which formed the municipal reserves, as well as water and sewer rates that pay for the sewer and water reserve funds. These account for $4.255 million of the $6.255 million total. FedNor has been asked to contribute $1 million towards the total.

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