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District has good feelings about grant

Sooke News Mirror, October 9, 2002

The District of Sooke council and staff were all smiles Monday night following a pair of meetings earlier in the day with provincial ministers regarding the community’s application for a B.C.-Canada Infrastructure grant for a proposed sewer system.

Minister George Abbott of the Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services told the News Mirror Tuesday he was pleased with the work Sooke had done, but couldn’t guarantee the application’s success. His ministry is involved in the grants, along with the federal government and the Union of B.C. Municipalities.

"I am certainly supportive," Abbott said. "I think the mayor and council of Sooke have done a tremendous job of trimming back their application (from $24 million to $17 million.)"
Mayor Ed Macgregor, councillors and member of district staff also met with Minister of Finance Gary Collins.

"(Minister Abbott) didn’t say ‘your grant is approved,’ ... but we are extremely encouraged by his responses," Macgregor said. "We believe we have a proposal that is going to go forward."



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