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$17M pledged to four small Thompson-Okanagan communities

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March 12, 2017 - 6:30 PM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Kaleden, Spallumcheen, Peachland and Lytton will split more than $17 million from the federal and provincial government for major community projects.

This funding is part of the $87 million that the federal and provincial government pledged to 26 communities across B.C in the Small Communities Fund. The fund provides support for infrastructure projects in communities with less than 100,000 residents, according to a release from the province.

The funding for each project can be broken down into three parts with the federal government, the provincial government and municipality each supplying roughly the same amount.

Public transit, drinking water, wastewater, solid waste management, green energy, innovation, connectivity/broadband, and highways and roads are some of the projects eligible for funding.

The Spallumcheen Pleasant Valley Road upgrade project total cost is $4,624,015 with $3,082,676 coming from the provincial and federal government and $1,541,339 from municipal contributions. This project's goal is the reconstruction, reclamation and shoulder widening of Pleasant Valley Road. Crews will upgrade about 4.8 kilometres of road, according to the province.

The Peachland Creek water treatment plant total project cost peaks at $10,440,000, with $3,480,000 coming from city contributions and $6,960,000 coming from the provincial and federal governments.

Phase one of the Okanagan-Similkameen's Skaha Estates and Kaleden Sewering Project will cost $9,909,336, with $3,303,112 from the city and $6,606224 from the provincial and federal governments.

The Lytton area wireless society's Boston Bar and surrounding area fibre to the home project totals $762,350. Funding is split three ways between the city, the federal and provincial government.
"When public infrastructure in many of our smaller communities is in need of repair or upgrade, the high costs associated are often difficult for a community alone to bear," Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure  says in the release. "However, when senior levels of government act together, we can facilitate these important infrastructure improvements and build stronger communities throughout B.C."

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