The provincial government has announced further funding for municipalities through the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP).
Government Relations Minister Lori Carr announced July 29 that another 244 projects, worth an estimated $88.9 million, had been approved through MEEP. This brings the current number of approved projects to 741 and an investment of $127 million.
“MEEP is a key component of our government’s economic booster shot, in light of these recent unparalleled times due to the pandemic,” Carr said. “These provincial dollars will kick-start shovel-ready local projects and initiatives to support job creation and help keep Saskatchewan strong.”
The Town of Oxbow will receive more than $191,000 in support for nine projects: $20,000 to replace rink boilers with energy efficient furnaces; $30,871 for a hall gym furnace and asbestos removal; $30,000 to repair the hall roof; $7,500 to install a floating dock at Bow Valley Park; $10,000 for a mower and sweeper; $10,000 to repair the library roof; $60,000 to replace main valves and hydrant valves; $12,500 for shade sails for the swimming pool; and $10,000 for a utility vehicle.
The Town of Arcola received more than $94,000 for three projects: $85,000 for two generators, with $30,000 for one generator and $55,000 for another, and $9,430 for a water supply/treatment feasibility study.
Also receiving funding were: the Rural Municipality of Argyle, $41,681 for a Grid 600 bridge replacement; RM of Enniskillen, $65,971 for a clay capping project; RM of Moose Creek, $54,473 for grading and clay cap; RM of Reciprocity, $49,443 for roadway improvements; and RM of Storthoaks, $41,969 to rebuild a road.
Announced in May, the $150 million MEEP is a key component of the Government of Saskatchewan’s $7.5 billion, two-year capital plan to build a strong province and stimulate its economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Municipalities had to submit potential projects under the program by July 31.
MEEP 2020 funding must be used by municipalities by March 31, 2022.