Community groups receive $10,000 in donations from Northeast Town and McLean’s Wind Farm partnership

Northeast Town Mayor Al MacNevin and Councillor Marcel Gauthier, both members of the McLean’s Mountain Wind Farm Road Use Agreement donation committee, present Linda Willson, on behalf of the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy, with a cheque for $5,000 to be used towards the development of the Cup and Saucer Trail. photo by Robin Burridge

LITTLE CURRENT—The McLean’s Mountain Wind Farm Road Use Agreement donation committee donated a total of $10,000 between two Northeast Town groups last week.

The committee donated $5,000 to the 2018 Travelers Northern Ontario Men’s Curling Championships being held in Little Current and $5,000 to the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy (EBC) and the development of the Cup and Saucer Trail. 

“It was felt by the committee that this is a significant community event which will benefit all of the municipality,” said committee member Councillor Marcel Gauthier.

“The EBC is working hard to develop the Cup and Saucer Trail and there are a lot more costs down the line such as a traffic study that are going to need to be done,” said fellow committee member, Mayor Al MacNevin. “We felt this was a good investment.”

As part of the construction of the McLean’s Mountain Wind Farm, which was concluded in 2014, the Northeast Town and McLean’s Mountain Wind Limited Partnership entered into a road use agreement resulting in a community fund of 20 annual donations of $10,000 from the wind partnership to be used to support Northeast Town organization, groups, initiatives or events.

The first year a $10,000 donation was made to the Howland Seniors’ Hall for renovations. In 2014, $10,000 was donated to the Manitoulin Centennial Manor for the purchase of a Carendo hygiene shower chair. In 2015, $5,000 was donated to the Manitoulin Centennial Manor Calling on You Campaign to replace the call bell system that residents can use to summon assistance, $1,250 to the Little Current Legion to help with improvements to the hall and $1,250 to the Manitoulin Sea Cadets towards their trip to Vimy Ridge in 2017. Last year, Skate Canada Manitoulin Received $2,000 to assist them with their programs and various events, $6,000 to the Manitoulin Health Centre Auxiliary to assist them in reaching their goal of $25,000 to replace the television that provide programming free of charge to patients at the hospital and $2,000 to the Legion (Branch #177) to assist them with improvements to their washrooms.

The road use agreement committee meets and reviews applications at the beginning of the summer. It is recommended that Northeast Town organizations submit their requests for funds from the committee at the beginning of the year. Letters are recommended explaining the amount needed by the group and what the funds would be used towards. Funding requests can be sent to the Northeast Town office, 14 Water Street East, PO Box 608, Little Current, RE: McLean’s Mountain Wind Farm Road Use Agreement Committee.