Repairs of the Harbour Breakwall in Meaford will be funded by Ottawa after all.
The Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, has confirmed the repairs will be funded under Budget 2018.
The break wall was damaged in the fall during a storm, and it is expected to costs between $65,000 to $75,000 to fix.
The DFO thought Meaford, who leases the break wall, should pay half of the bill. The town did not agree as the lease states the DFO is responsible for their asset, and the muncipality would not be held liable if something were to happen. That includes financially.
Bruce Grey Owen Sound MP Larry Miller wrote to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic LeBlanc about the issue in March and in May. Miller also questioned the Minister during Question Period in the House of Commons and at the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.
Miller was informed by LeBlanc a few weeks ago the project would be funded the the DFO.
Miller claims the DFO officials were trying to bully the town into paying for the repairs and break the lease.
He says he will give the Minister credit to doing the right thing. However, will not give any credit to DFO staff.
Mayor of Meaford, Barb Clumpus says they are pleased to learn the DFO is funding the work.
She adds the partnership with the Federal Government in managing this asset has contributed to our claim of having the prettiest harbour in southern Georgian Bay, and this news is welcome indeed.
The work is anticipated to start in fall of 2018 with work to be completed in March 2019.