Council gave three readings to amend both the water system bylaw and sewer system bylaw. The amendments altered the rates to more accurately balance the funds going into the respective reserves. In 2014, administration completed a 100-year analysis of the water and sewer reserves to determine the best way to manage them into the future. The changes to the rates will help ensure there is sufficient funding to maintain the utilities with annual contributions to reserves to fund the long-term sustainability of the water and sewer systems.
Council gave two readings to amend the waste bylaw but withheld giving it a third reading until they could get more information about changes to drop off yard fees. The commercial sector is charged per item dropped off at the town’s transfer station, and council voted to eliminate the fees charged to drop off compact fluorescents and fluorescent tubes in an effort to increase recycling. But before giving the bylaw a final reading, council wanted more information on how potential fee changes would impact revenues. The bylaw will return to council for review on December 18.