Kootenay-Columbia MP David Wilks was in Golden early this afternoon to announce two federal grants for the Town and one for the Golden Sikh and Cultural Society.

MP Wilks announces grants for Town, Sikh Society

The largest of the grants will go towards a $1.4 million improvement project for Golden's sewer system.

Kootenay-Columbia MP David Wilks was in Golden early this afternoon to announce a pair of federal funding grants for the Town and another for the Golden Sikh and Cultural Society.

The first grant fell under the federal government’s New Building Canada Plan and will be used to fund a nearly $1.4 million project for sewer system improvements.

The upgrades will help to reduce energy consumption, increase system capacity and enhance treatment capabilities while reducing odour and greenhouse gas generation.

“I’m very passionate about trying to get things for rural Canada and I also know that staff put in a ton of work on these applications and it shows today,” Wilks said.

“This is obviously something we could have never done on our own and with the help of the federal government and the provincial government we’ll be able to take care of a long-standing issue with our lagoons,” said CAO Jon Wilsgard.

“This is core infrastructure at its best.”

Construction is slated to begin next spring and will take an estimated two years.

Under the agreement, all three levels of government will fund a share of the project, with the Town of Golden funding a third and the provincial and federal governments contributing the remaining two-thirds.

The news was also positive for the Town’s recreation services department, as the federal government announced that Golden would receive up to $170,000 through the Canada 150 Infrastructure Program for upgrades to the swimming pool.

“Our swimming pool is 40 years old and it requires a number of capital upgrades to keep it working…this is one of the greatest infrastructure upgrades for the pool that we’ve seen,” Wilsgard said.

“In recent years the recreation team has put a big focus on gathering user feedback and addressing the community’s desire at the pool. This granting opportunity is the perfect way to improve the facility and make the pool a better place to recreate,” stated Jordan Petrovics, manager of recreation services.

The rest of the $340,200 project will be split evenly by the Town and Columbia Basin Trust.

Finally, Wilks announced funding of $26,000, also under the Canada 150 Infrastructure Program, for the Golden Sikh and Cultural Society. The funds will be used for roof replacement and temple renovations. Appreciative temple members Marik Khunkhun and Gian and Herbhajan Virk were in attendance at the announcement.