Summerland receives funding to create management plans

The municipality of Summerland has received $372,000 from the federal government.

The municipality of Summerland has received $372,000 from the federal government for its integrated asset management and infrastructure investment plan.

The money comes from the federal Gas Tax Fund.

Linda Tynan, chief administrative officer for the municipality, said around $125,000 of the grant funding will go to creating an inventory of assets and infrastructure owned by the municipality, and putting together a funding plan.

Another $50,000 will go to a liquid waste management plan.

The planning will also include a sewer plan and a trails and cycling master plan.

“It’s all about the planning so we can manage these things,” Tynan said.

On Friday, Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced more than $73.3 million in funding for 57 capital and capacity building projects in British Columbia.

The projects were selected through the application-based Strategic Priorities Funds. A total of 222 applications were received.

“Through the federal Gas Tax Fund, the Government of Canada is allowing communities in B.C., and all across Canada, to make informed decisions about their infrastructure investments and how best to spend federal dollars.

Community officials are best positioned to identify their specific needs, and the federal Gas Tax Fund supports them in making those strategic investments,” Sohi said as he announced the funding in Surrey.

“These 57 projects will contribute to building the strong, inclusive and sustainable communities Canadians desire to live in.”

“Local governments around B.C. are looking for ways to finance the replacement of aging infrastructure. The federal Gas Tax Fund is providing much needed long-term support for the upgrading of core facilities in our communities,” said Al Richmond, president of the Union of B.C. Municipalities.

Because this money comes from the Gas Tax Fund, the municipality does not have to match the amount received.