The Council decided not to raise the garbage collection rates for 2012 to cover the deficit created by insufficient user fees. Council instead decided to work on a plan to reduce costs for 2012.
The first step will be to reduce the time frame of weekly pick up and bring the pick up schedule in line with that of CVRD areas F and I. You will be receiving your 2012 pick calendar shortly to see the changes.
Tipping fees continue to be the biggest expense and currently the only way to reduce the weight of our waste is to remind residents to be diligent recyclers, as well as to consider responsible backyard composting. These measures will help keep the Town’s costs down.
The second phase of the Town’s water metering project is underway so residents can expect to see workers around installing meters.
Council received notice from the Island Coastal Economic Trust stating that our grant application for the Town Square has move to Stage Two of the approval process. Staff will now complete the second stage of the application and await notification on whether the application was successful.
Two other letters were received from the British Columbia Dental Association as well as Health Canada, both outlining the benefits of water fluoridation.
Just a reminder to all Town residents that Council has put forth a referendum ballot for November 19th and is hoping for a large voter turnout to answer the question of whether or not to continue adding fluoride to the Towns Water supply.
Another highlight from the Public Works meeting was the presentation from the superintendent concerning the upcoming improvements to South Shore Road. Boulevard Transportation has created some very preliminary plans of some proposed improvements and Council is looking forward to seeing the next phase of drawings and costs associated with this project slated to begin in the second half of 2012.