Municipality seeks grant funding

Municipal officials will meet with provincial representatives at the Union of B.C. Municipalities conference to ask for more funding.

Municipal officials will meet with provincial representatives at the Union of B.C. Municipalities conference later this month to ask for more funding for community projects.

Tom Day, chief administrative officer for the municipality, said the community will meet with provincial ministers to discuss infrastructure grant funding.

The community is seeking funds for a grit removal system at the sewer treatment plant. Day said this project is important since grit is hard on the equipment at the facility.

The community will also ask for funding for water separation in the Jones Flat and Garnett Valley area.

The separation is part of an ongoing project to separate domestic water and irrigation water. “The more we separate the water system the less we overrun the water treatment plant,” Day said.

In addition, when the water treatment work is done in the Garnett Valley area, the municipality will be able to improve a rough section of Garnett Valley Road.

For years, residents have complained about the poor condition of the road, but resurfacing has been postponed until the water work is completed.

Day said the grants are essential if Summerland is to afford infrastructure improvements.

“For the most part, these projects are unaffordable if we fund them ourselves,” he said. “They are dependent on the infrastructure grants.”

Mayor Janice Perrino, Day, Coun. Peter Waterman and Coun. Robert Hacking will attend the conference which will be held in Vancouver Sept. 16 to 20.