BJORKDALE — The Village of Bjorkdale is investing funds received through the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP) into upgrades on the community hall, village shop, and new playground equipment.
The program is providing $150 million to municipalities in the province to support investments in infrastructure to stimulate economic recovery and encourage local job creation.
The funds are distributed to municipalities on a per capita basis, based on the 2016 census.
The village shop and community hall will be receiving upgraded lighting, with the community hall also receiving electrical upgrades as well as painting some of the ceiling.
“We’re changing everything over so it’s all more energy efficient, and everything will be LED, and so our utility bills in return will be more reasonable moving forward,” said Nicole Goldsworthy, Bjorkdale’s administrator.
“Our village shop... really needed to be upgraded. We have lights hanging from roofs and things like that.”
The community hall will receive $13,000 from the program, while the shop will receive $5,900.
The third project the village is investing the money into is new playground equipment for the community.
The type of equipment is still being decided, with the village currently looking into swing sets and slides.
“I’m pretty certain we’re planning on putting the playground equipment by the senior hall, where people host birthday parties and things like that,” Goldsworthy said.
“We would be looking at swing sets, some teeter totters, some basic stuff. It’s not going to be anything humongous, like big playground structures because we’re only putting a portion towards it.”
The program will contribute $5,000 towards the playground equipment.
As well, the program is directing $4,989 for a riding mower.