As you may know, the RDEK applied for full $14.6 million in funding for the West Fernie Servicing & Restructure Project. Our first application in 2011 was denied and we resubmitted in 2012. At that time, we received a strong indication from the Ministry that it was highly unlikely that we would be approved for full funding for this project. For that reason, we amended the second application to reflect a phased approach to the project thereby reducing the requested grant amount.
Today, the Governments of Canada and British Columbia announced they have approved $5.4 million in funding for Phase 1 of the West Fernie Servicing Project.
With the announcement of this funding, the RDEK will now work to establish what Phase 1 will include in order to maximize the benefits to the community. To help investigate the possible options and maximize the grant funding, the first step will be an infrastructure phasing assessment. The City of Fernie Cost-Benefit Boundary Restructure Analysis is almost complete and we are hoping it will go to the RDEK Board and City of Fernie in March.
We recognize today’s funding announcement changes the project as it has been previously presented to the community – it moves the project to a phased approach. The long term concept, however, remains the same: to complete work within the entire community and see West Fernie become part of the City of Fernie. We will be communicating with you every step of the way and will be sending out a newsletter within the next two to three weeks.
If you have questions about the project or the funding, you can contact your Electoral Area A Director Mike Sosnowski at 250-423-1029 or RDEK Project Supervisor, Elizabeth Ahlgren at 250-489-2791.
To view a copy of the news release, click here: ftp://ftp.rdek.bc.ca/newsreleases/westferniedikeprojectreceivesfunding_feb12.pdf