The Wakefield-La Pêche Chamber would like to thank everyone who came out to show their support for the Wakefield Waterfront Revitalization Project this past Monday, February 6 at Municipal Council. There is clearly a great deal of support and enthusiasm for this project from citizens from all regions of the Municipality. We are proud to be a part of such a strong and dynamic community!
For the benefit of those who were unable to attend, Council voted unanimously to rescind the borrowing by-law for $370,000 over 25 years. In it’s place, Council approved the following:
The Municipality will allocate a total of $379,000 to the Wakefield Bay Revitalization Project. The funds will be made available as follows:
$149,000 from existing Municipal budget including:
- $99,000 from the Parks and Recreation budget
- $50,000 over 5 years from the Ward 6 (Wakefield) budget discretionary funds
$200,000 to be borrowed and repaid over 15 years.
- The average cost per household will be approximately $4.08/ year for 15 years based on an average property value of $260,000.
$30,000 to be allocated from this year’s Ward 6 (Wakefield) discretionary funds.
It is important to note that as part of the Canada 150 initiative, Economic Development Canada will contribute $479,000. An additional $50,000 is expected to come from the CLD des Collines de l’Outaouais, and Tourisme Outaouais has also indicated they will contribute to the project. The total budget for the project is $958,000.
As a next step, Municipal Council will table the new borrowing by-law for $200,000 on Monday, February 20. If the by-law is approved, the project is expected to proceed as planned. It is still possible for the by-law to be challenged via a registry, and while we respect the democratic process, we hope by now the citizens of La Pêche better understand the benefits of this project for citizens of the entire community. We encourage your continued support at Municipal Council on February 20th.
We would also like to remind everyone to please attend our Public Consultation at the Centre Wakefield – La Pêche on Friday, February 17 at 7:30pm.
We thank everyone for their continued support and look forward working with you on this exciting community initiative!