Council voted to continue with a solar electricity incentive program, setting a target payback period and funding commitment for the project. The community-wide initiative will be funded through the Environmental Reserve, with an investment of $300,000 and a targeted payback period of seven years. The goal is to encourage residential and commercial properties to install solar panels so the community as a whole produces more green energy. There are currently solar installations on several town properties, including the Wolf Street washroom, town hall and the operations building at the compound. Council also approved allocating $5,000 from the Environmental Reserve for further research and program design for this project.
Council approved spending $26,300 to upgrade the energy and water efficiency of the new Central Park washroom. The money will pay for LED lights, triple glazed windows to reduce heat loss, an on-demand hot water tank, and waterless urinals. The money will come from the Environmental Reserve.
Council approved expanding the scope of the emergency generator project to include a large generator at town hall. Council had earlier approved $500,000 in the capital budget to install generators to power the town’s water supply wells and four sanitary lift stations during electricity blackouts. After the approval, the Town successfully applied for a provincial government grant of $778,760. With the extra funds, administration recommended expanding the scope of the project to include a generator at town hall capable of supplying emergency power to both the hall (which acts as the emergency operations centre) and the Central Park sanitary lift station. With the expanded scope, the total cost of the project is $928,760. The $150,000 difference between the grant and the cost could be funded from the already approved $500,000. The remaining $350,000 will be returned to the general capital reserve. The expanded scope of the project eliminates the need to install a large steel enclosure and generator in Central Park. The two meters near the lift station will also be eliminated, along with the meter on the existing washroom.
Council repealed Personnel Policy C002 and replaced it with Administrative Procedure A110. The housekeeping issue replaces an outdated human resources policy. Administrative procedures are approved by the town manager and focus on the internal workings of the town and primarily impact and address employees of the municipality.