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North Battleford looking at using MEEP funding for two major projects

The City of North Battleford is waiting to see if Saskatchewan funding is coming before breaking ground on two city projects.

They have applied for funding through the Saskatchewan Municipal Economic Enhancement Program. The money will go towards work on two large-scale jobs, the Carlton Trail Roadway Project and the 100th Street Service Project.

The province announced a $150 million special warrant June 5th, meaning shovel-ready projects across Saskatchewan can access the funding. North Battleford Mayor Ryan Bater says that they are still waiting for word on whether the city was approved.

“Our hope is to have this project done by this summer, but of course, we can’t sign a contract until we have approval from the province. We’re hoping to hear any day now.”

If the funding is approved, local crews will begin work. By completing the Carlton Trail Roadway Project, North Battleford will be able to further develop the entire Yellow Sky area of the city. Due to a failing traffic pattern, the area cannot be worked on until this fix is made.

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The 100th Street Service Project has been delayed for thirteen years and cut from the capital budget several times. It will replace underground, asphalt and sidewalks on a major service road that not only fronts several businesses but also is an entry point for the City.

Bater explains that in addition to the economic benefits that will be brought through land development, they will be giving the contracts to two local companies.

“This will employ local people. It will mean local investment, it’ll keep local people working. This is really critical right now because during this pandemic we’ve seen a downturn in the economy, and it’s really important to keep the economic engine going.”

If North Battleford gets the money, $1.45 million for the Carlton Trail Roadway Project and $750,000 for the 100th Street Service Project would be funded by MEEP, the bulk cost of the projects.

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