The Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction Grant Hunter was in Coaldale on Tuesday morning to make a couple of funding announcements. He was flanked by town councillors as support. Coaldale Mayor Jack Van Rijn explained what the two new projects are.
“The first being for our potable underground water reservoir and pump station that we will need to upgrade our water infrastructure in anticipation of the McCain’s project that will be started here this year. And the second announcement will be for the at grade crossing that will be crossing Highway 3 and railroad tracks that will incorporate a pathway system that will get people from the south side of the highway to the north side so they can attend the new high school and multi use rec centre.”
Hunter says the funding from the province comes in at around $500,000 for each initiative.
“The total quantum is about a million dollars in total for those two projects. And then I had also stated that we will be repaving about 8 km between Coaldale and Highway 3 and the process there is started. The signs are up, so we’re ready to go and we’ll have that done here this year.”
Hunter told us that over the past six years Coaldale has received around $6 million in Municipal Sustainability Initiative grant money. This funding can go to schools, hospitals, roads, or any projects municipalities are looking to complete.