Coun. Jonathan Torresan. File Photo
While the 2018 mill rate was the hot topic at this week’s city council meeting, council also approved five more projects for the 2018 capital budget.
These projects had no implication on the mill rate.
“As the audit was being completed they found that there were additional funds that were unused from grants, that need to be used to have access to those funds,” explained Coun. Jonathan Torresan.
The Centennial Civic Centre showers will get $15,000, landfill security will get $25,000, grading and ditch work will receive $48,000, kitchen renovations at the Water Treatment Plant will get $9,500 and the Parkview Storm Water Management Pond will receive $230,000.
The total cost of the projects will be $328,000.
“Those items were not items that were just off the shelf,” said Mayor Gerald Aalbers.
“Administration seriously went through and said these are the five that we believe has the most value to the city at this time.”
Aalbers added there was likely 40 items that were on the capital project list to be completed, but these ones showcased the need for security, customer service, and safety.
One of the most notable projects that stood out to Coun. Michael Diachuk was the Parkview pond.
“I walk by there and routinely you can see that the soil continues to erode away, so (there’s) some challenges with that,” he said.
However, he noted it is important all these projects get done.