HKLB MPP and Ontario Infrastructure Minister Laurie Scott centre is joined by Minden Hills Mayor Brent Devolin Haliburton County Warden Liz Danielsen and Dysart et al Mayor Andrea Roberts as she announces more than $2.8 million in COVID-19 relief funding for the county and its townships on the afternoon of Aug. 12. /CHAD INGRAM Staff

County receives more than $2.8 million in COVID relief 

By Chad Ingram

Haliburton County and its fourlower-tier townships will collectively receive more than $2.8 millionin COVID-19 relief funding from the provincial government money tohelp offset operating pressures related to the ongoing pandemic.

Premier Doug Ford announced funding of$1.6 billion for Ontario's municipalities on Wednesday that moneybeing divided up using a population-based formula.

Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP andOntario Infrastructure Minister Laurie Scott made a localannouncement outside the Haliburton County office on Newcastle Streetin Minden. The upper tier of the county will receive $1.435 million;the Municipality of Dysart et al $475400; the Township of MindenHills $402200; Highlands East $281700; and the Township ofAlgonquin Highlands $275900.

“We're really over the moon aboutthis” said Haliburton County Warden Liz Danielsen. “It's goingto help us tremendously with some of the challenges we've got.”

At the county level Danielsen notedsome of those challenges include IT and technology as well aspossible reconfiguration of staff space and council chambers withinthe county office as a result of the pandemic.

See the full story in next week's Echo and Times .