Town set to begin budget work
Town council and administration are getting ready to begin work on next year’s budget, with a timetable expected to be approved at tonight’s regular meeting.
If approved, the process will kick off with a public input meeting slated for Monday, Sept. 24 in conjunction with the regular council meeting that night.
The committee of the whole is scheduled to receive a preliminary budget on Jan. 14, 2013.
The budget then will be reviewed in the following months by administration and a special committee of the whole, with it being put to council on April 8 for ratification.
A second public meeting is planned for April 22, with the 2013 budget anticipated to be passed by council May 13.
The public portion of today’s committee of the whole meeting is scheduled to start at 5:41 p.m.
It will be followed by the regular meeting of council at 6:08 p.m.
Other business on the agenda includes:
•a draft copy of the KGS Group infiltration report;
•a report re: updating the landfill site closure and post-closure plan;
•a travel claim for Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig for attendance at the AMO conference in Ottawa last month;
•travel and per diem claims for Mayor Roy Avis and Couns. Andrew Hallikas and Paul Ryan for attendance at the AMO conference;
•a report re: an amendment to a resolution in support of a new long-term federal plan for municipal infrastructure funding;
•recommendation re: financial requests from the Thunder Bay and Area Disaster Relief Fund, the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Sunset Country Travel Association;
•a verbal update re: the “chiller” installation and start-up at the Ice For Kids Arena;
•an update on capital projects;
•a report re: Civic Centre emergency asbestos abatement cost;
•a request from the Northwest Catholic District School Board re: an amendment to the joint use agreement for the St. Francis Sports Fields;
•a request from SkyPower to enact a municipal resolution in support of its application to the Ontario Power Authority (OPA);
•a bylaw to approve an annual financial contribution initiative agreement with SkyPower Projects ULC;
•a bylaw to approve an amendment to an amended and restated option agreement with CopperLight LP; and
•a report re: the fifth-annual Local Government Week.