Winfield and Mulhurst Bay community projects receive MSI funding

County of Wetaskiwin grants $126,508 to community projects

Two County of Wetaskiwin community projects will receive 2017 Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) funding; totalling $126,506 between the Winfield and District Agricultural Society and the Mulhurst Bay Community League.

The decision to financially support the two projects came during county council’s July 18 meeting.

For the interior project of the Winfield Agriplex, $51,508 will go towards multi-purpose room flooring, kitchen repairs needed due to excessive water damage under the facility and leaking roof vents, security system and fire alarm repairs and upgrades, and hall repairs inclusive of removing old carpeting, baseboard trim and gutting two storage rooms.

The society’s 2017 funding request was $94,000, 100 per cent of the project budget. According to the project summary presented to councillors in their meeting agenda package, community contributions to the project was listed at $0.

The Mulhurst Bay Community League will receive $75,000 in MSI funding to replace the east portion of the Community League Hall roof. The total project budget is $85,000 and the $10,000 difference is being made up by the community contribution.

Geoff Lynch, director of leisure and community services, says the hall roof has faced leaking issues for the past three or four years and the repair project is much needed. “I’m really pleased Mulhurst finally came and applied for something,” said Coun. Larry McKeever.

“They’re very sustainable, that group,” Lynch added.

The County of Wetaskiwin’s philosophy is to fund projects that support current county infrastructure; projects of preventative nature that support maintenance and repairs of existing infrastructure to ensure the sustainability and longevity of community facilities.

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