Council voted to apply for funding assistance from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, prioritizing the new skateboard park as a top project. The Canada 150 program, funded by the federal government, is accepting applications for projects related to recreation/tourism facility improvements that can be ready for Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Council voted to prioritize the skateboard park at the recreation grounds in the application, followed by the natural/adventure playground at the recreation grounds and the Surprise Trail and Surprise Corner Viewpoint improvements. It’s anticipated the Town will be notified in the fall if its application is successful.
Council voted to approve a seven-year solar production incentive agreement with Councillor Chip Olver and her family. The Town received 47 applications for the solar incentive program, and because it was so popular, an outside agency conducted a random lottery to select successful applicants. Councillor Olver’s application was one of those randomly selected, but because she is an elected official, the Town’s legal counsel advised a vote of council was appropriate to approve of the agreement.
Council approved Policy C1000 – Municipal Policy Development. The intent of the policy is to provide an accountable and efficient process for policy and procedure development, approval and review. It also recommends criteria for when an issue should be addressed by council, or when it should be addressed by the town manager and the management team.
Council received a briefing on the first quarter financial statements and forecast. There is an overall forecasted unrestricted surplus of $96,026. A few large variances include an increase to the MSI operating grant ($50,700), increased estimates for street use permits ($19,300) and a higher than anticipated WCB rebate ($16,472). There are also significant savings in water and sewer utilities resulting in a net increase to the transfer to reserves of $160,379.