December 16, 2004

York Region transfers ownership of local sewer collection system to King Township

NEWMARKET – To help support King Township’s application for Federal/Provincial COMRIF (Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure) funding to cover a portion of their costs associated with the King City sewage collection system, York Regional Council today agreed to transfer ownership of the local collection system to the Township.
Under an agreement between York Region and King Township in December 2003, the Region assumed the proposed sewage collection system within King City.  Further to this agreement, the Region was to maintain ownership of the collection system until the maintenance period ended for each phase of construction.  Final completion is anticipated by December 2008.
“This agreement, in essence, gives ownership of the local sewage collection system to King City in advance of the previously agreed time frame,” said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  “This accommodation will assist King Township in its efforts to receive funding assistance for their portion of the King City sanitary servicing project.”
Application for COMRIF funding is available to all municipalities with a population of less than 250,000 residents, including lower tier municipalities in York Region.  The program has $298 million in funding available from both Federal and Provincial governments over five years.  Regional municipalities are not eligible to apply for funding. 
At its meeting on December 13th, King Township formally asked the Region for its support in a COMRIF application by transferring ownership of the local collection system.
“This source of funding will go a long way to support our efforts to fund a local sewage collection system in King City,” said King Township Mayor Margaret Black.  “More importantly, it will lessen the impact to our taxpayers.”
The King City Sanitary Servicing project will provide sewer capacity to residents and businesses in King City by connecting to the York Durham Sewage System (YDSS).   Work is currently underway of the first phase of construction.
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