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April 9, 2013 Mayor's Comments

Over the last month the draft CIP was brought before council over two days for consideration and debate.  Council worked their way through the document paragraph by paragraph. It was a good exercise and we all left better informed.

A few days later the CIP Workshop for the public was held at Club 580. There were about 20 folks in attendance. Thank you to all who attended. Your efforts and comments are very important in the overall outcome.

 The results are being compiled and will be added to the information. There will be an official public meeting at a future time.

Staff have been working very hard on the budget.  The various committees/departments will meet next week to add their ideas and recommendations. We originally planned to complete our budget in April, now it looks more like May. This is an exceptionally important document and we must take the time to get it right.

Over the last month the draft CIP was brought before council over two days for consideration and debate.  Council worked their way through the document paragraph by paragraph. It was a good exercise and we all left better informed.

A few days later the CIP Workshop for the public was held at Club 580. There were about 20 folks in attendance. Thank you to all who attended. Your efforts and comments are very important in the overall outcome.

The results are being compiled and will be added to the information. There will be an official public meeting at a future time.

Staff have been working very hard on the budget.  The various committees/departments will meet next week to add their ideas and recommendations. We originally planned to complete our budget in April, now it looks more like May. This is an exceptionally important document and we must take the time to get it right.

County Council passed the County budget at March County Council. There is an increase of .9% which means a rate increase on the County levy of .5%. The County levy is a separate line item on your tax bill.

I am pleased to announce that the Town of Bancroft has been working with Hastings Highlands to create a Joint Fire Service Administration that will ensure the sustainability of our individual Fire Departments. We have agreed in principle and I expect both councils to make this happen.  More to come….

We have attended some interesting meetings on the Algonquin Land Claim. Both the Federal and Provincial Government have agreed that there will be a process ending in a settlement. I look forward to a negotiated agreement.  We need to remove the uncertainty.

Later in the meeting you will see the reconciliation of the Policing Costs for 2012. The end result for the year is $1,452,837 instead of the estimate of $1,566,972. A  difference of $114,135.

There was a news release from the County last week concerning the upcoming changes in the Social Services department. It will be renamed Community and Human Services department to better reflect the integrated approach. This work has been ongoing for a while and I believe the “one-window” approach will better people and families when they need it.

There are changes taking place at the County building over the next 18 months as the courts leave the county building for their new one. At the moment social services staff are spread out across different offices. These changes will place the county in a better position when the ODSP administration is handed down from the province. We hope to see November 2014 as the completion date for the reorganization.

I am pleased to announce that we have offered the position of Manager of Public Works to Perry Kelly. Congratulations, Perry.

This ends my comments.

Town of Bancroft

8 Hastings Heritage Way, P.O. Box 790
Bancroft, ON K0L 1C0

Phone: (613) 332-3331
Fax: (613) 332-0384

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