SE area municipalities receive funds for projects

Government Relations Minister Lori Carr announced that another 244 projects, representing more than $88.9 million of provincial funding through the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP) 2020 has now been approved. This brings the current number of approved projects to 741 and an investment to date of $127 million.

“MEEP is a key component of our government’s economic ‘booster shot,’ in light of these recent unparalleled times due to the pandemic,” Carr said. “These provincial dollars will kick start ‘shovel-ready’ local projects and initiatives to support job creation and help keep Saskatchewan strong.”

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Some of the projects approved in the southeast region include five projects for the Village of Pangman.

The village received approval for frost boil repairs to roads at Sask. Avenue and Martin Street, worth $7,200; at Railway Avenue and Carruthers Street, worth $6,945; and at Sask Avenue and Keeler Street, worth $7,200.

They also received funding for two fire hydrant replacements, both worth $6,000. One is at the corner of Mergens Street and Railway Avenue, and the other is at Railway Avenue and Loucks Street.

The RM of Lake Alma received funding of $39,094 for the Highway 18/28 Improvement Partnership.

The Town of Ogema was approved for wastewater lines upgrades in the amount of $57,923.

Announced in May, the $150 million MEEP is a key component of the Government of Saskatchewan’s $7.5 billion, two-year capital plan to build a strong province and stimulate its economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Municipalities are reminded to submit potential projects under the program by July 31, 2020.

MEEP 2020 funding must be used by municipalities by March 31, 2022.