MPP Ross Romano came forward with a major announcement of funds towards the replacement of the McMeeken at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon.
With approximately $18 million coming from the Province of Ontario, council chose to go with the full replacement of the McMeeken. A walking track will be included in the project with only Councillor Christian opposed to that addition.
In the end, the total cost to the city is now $14,476,855 for a full replacement.
With the Province of Ontario pitching in, they saved the city approximately $10 million in interest over the term of the loan, essentially paying for the full project, according to the city.
“Happy to see it, it’s great to see something in the west end fully flushed out, I want to thank the province, Minister Romano for the help, the committee that did all the hard work to get us here… can’t wait to see this finished,” said Councillor Matt Scott.
“I just want to thank Council for supporting an initiative, this initiative for the west end community,” said Councillor Corey Gardi. “And for being behind the community at large, for the most part, being behind a piece of infrastructure like this in the west end of the community. And I know, Mr. Mayor, you and senior staff did a lot of work.”
Stay with SaultOnline as we bring you reaction to this announcement in the next couple of days.