Inverhuron Water And Sewer Project May Be Scaled Back

The Municipality of Kincardine will be asking for another extension on upper-tier funding for the Inverhuron water and sewer project, while also pursuing a scaled-back project.

At a meeting on Wednesday, council unanimously approved a motion that will see staff pursue a two year extension on the grants that will expire in March 2016, to a deadline of March 2018.

Staff say the reduced project, which would provide 92 homes with sewage service and 48 with water, will address some of the more critical cases in Inverhuron. The entire project would have serviced around 300 homes in the community.

In the meantime, the municipality had requested a funding deadline extension earlier this year, only to be denied by the Build Canada Fund in March. The municipality was promised $6-million from the federal and provincial government for the project in 2009.

“I think we have a compelling case and a narrative we can put before them that this really is in the best interest of the citizens of Inverhuron but for Ontario and the federal government as well,” Councillor Laura Haight told CKNX News after the meeting.

Staff says the looming deadline and the lack of competition were possible reasons for the estimated cost of the entire project to go from $9.1-million to $15.7-million through the tendering process.