The people of the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, British Columbia’s northern-most region, will benefit from provincial infrastructure investments to the tune of $10 million.
This is the fourth year that funds have been allocated to community infrastructure improvements as part of its 20-year Infrastructure Development Contribution Agreement with the B.C. government.
A government release says the agreement funds critical infrastructure necessary to support economic development and includes significant sewer and airport improvements, road and drainage works, and water and solid waste projects as well as an expansion of the community recreation centre.
Northern Rockies Mayor Bill Streeper explained the municipality presents to the province a one year and a five-year plan of what the community’s long-term needs will be.
“It’s not automatic,” he explained. “It has to be for an infrastructure project. You’ve got to be able to see it, to touch it.”
The regional municipality is now evaluating future projects that will be forwarded to the province for funding approval in 2019.
“Our community is being kept on top of our infrastructure, and kept in clean and safe water,” said Streeper.
He added projects that will start construction in 2019 will be released in the spring when the municipal capital budgets are approved.
He advised contractors for these projects were awarded earlier this year as part of the funding application.
“A municipality is like a machine, you have to keep on top of it,” he said.