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Coming Up: Dec 3

Coming Up: Dec 3

Council meets Monday night at 6:30. The agenda includes approval of the 2019 budget, land for a potential Catholic School Board bus maintenance facility, updates to sign bylaws, and a loan for a new Elders Caring Shelter.

Following is more information and my take on agenda items. One matter I am very unsure of: a proposal to increase the allowable size of billboards. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Day 3 of Budget Deliberations

Day 3 of Budget Deliberations

Yesterday Council completed budget deliberations.

I am very excited about the budget as it stands right now. It increases investment in policing, roads, and accessibility. It funds next steps at the Leisure Centre and for Hillside Renewal. At the same time, it incorporates a tax decrease.

I’ll be making a shorter post on my blog with the most important highlights later today. Following is a detailed report on Day 3 of our deliberations.

Day 2 of Budget Deliberations

Day 2 of Budget Deliberations

Today, Council had its second day of budget deliberations.

At the end of yesterday, management was tasked with finding additional savings in the proposed budget. They worked late into the night to do that. I was thankful for their work- it set us up well to have great discussion today.

I’m happy to report that my goals going into the budget are currently all accomplished (although Council may still make changes)…

Downtown Rehabilitation

Downtown Rehabilitation

Next week Council will be undertaking its 2018 budget deliberations. The biggest question we will be considering: whether or not to go ahead with the next phases of the Downtown Rehabilitation in the spring.I am leaning towards supporting beginning phase three as soon as possible. However, Council will not be hearing detailed reports and recommendations from administration until later this week. I do have some hesitation, mostly to do with funding.