A busy night sees six projects received full funding & four more receive partial funding
District 7 – Peninsula South Downtown residents gathered tonight to discuss and vote on what community projects will make the biggest difference in their community. Citizens had been invited by area Councillor Waye Mason to determine spending priorities for this years $92,000 district capital budget.
“This was a great opportunity to engage citizens in a real way that has immediate results,” said Mason. “I am especially pleased to see that two proposals that impact all of HRM (Halifax Regional Search and Rescue and Veith House) and not just district 7 were chosen for full funding. This shows yet again how residents of HRM can see the importance of strong regional programs that benefit all districts.”
Each resident was provided a ballot and allowed to vote on five projects. Over 120 residents participated in the discussion with project sponsors and voted throughout the course of the evening.
Residents voted to provide full funding for the following six projects: Downtown Halifax Business Commission for $20,000 for benches on Barrington; Veith House with $5000 for Veith House Explosion Memorial Garden Clean-Up, St Mary Elementary with $30.000 for the Spencer Park St. Mary’s Active Living Initiative; Dalhousie Student Union for $3089.62 for bike repair stands; Halifax Regional Search and Rescue Team for $3000 towards a replacement vehicle, and Spencer House Today Café with $5000 of the Back to the Garden Backyard Patio.
There was a four way tie and the remaining money was divided equally, $6250 each to the following proposals: Independent Living Nova Scotia for MapAbility.ca; Downtown Halifax Business Commission for Argyle Street Animation Project; Chebucto Community Net for the server upgrade, and Spring Garden Area Business Association for Light up the Side Streets.
Proposals will now be vetted by HRM staff and pending policy and due diligence by staff organizations should receive their funding in two to four weeks.