County decides how it will pay for funding commitment to Hospice-Erie Shores campus

essex_county_seal copyBy Ron Giofu

With Essex County council already having committed to help fund the Hospice-Erie Shores campus, it has now been determined how they will pay for it.

County council agreed to provide $2 million over ten years to help fund the Hospice campus in Leamington during the April 16 meeting and decided last Wednesday night where that money will come from.

Director of corporate services/treasurer Rob Maisonville outlined four options for county council, with the elected officials voting to proceed with the option calling for the county to use the $200,000 budget allocation for economic initiatives and include an additional $200,000 provision in the budget commencing in 2015.

Maisonville’s recommendation stated that if the county deem it appropriate to retain funding for future economic initiatives this year, that consideration be given to the option that called for using 50 per cent of the $200,000 capital funding allocation from the rate stabilization reserve and utilize $100,000 of this year’s economic initiatives funding with a provision being added to the next nine years of budgets calling for $200,000 to be donated.

Essex Deputy Mayor Richard Meloche said with 2014 being a municipal election year, he didn’t see anything major on the horizon calling for the economic initiative fund to be used this year.

Maisonville stated in his report that “the budget allocation was introduced, in part, due to the previous requests for regional economic initiatives, such as the Ontario Summer Games request by the City of Windsor in 2013 and most recently the Sun Parlour Folk Music Society request regarding a new Kingsville Folk Music Festival, but also in anticipation of the above noted request from Hospice Windsor-Essex, contemplating a satellite hospice residential facility in Essex County.”

The Hospice-Erie Shores campus will be a ten-bed facility available to residents from all communities. Hospice representatives noted at the April meeting they plan to have a shovel in the ground in July and have the facility ready for occupancy in December.

The capital campaign for the new campus is $6 million.

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