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LV holds preliminary budget 2016 meeting

By Ryan Paulsen, Daily Observer

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer
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The Township of Laurentian Valley held its first budget meeting on Thursday night, Feb. 11, discussing upcoming capital projects and expenses.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer
The Township of Laurentian Valley held its first budget meeting on Thursday night, Feb. 11, discussing upcoming capital projects and expenses.

The Township of Laurentian Valley got its first look at some potential 2016 budget items on Thursday night at the municipality's first budget meeting, specifically looking at 2016 capital projects.

The finally tally of just over $3.3 million was composed of proposed projects categorized under 'general government', 'protection services', 'transportation services', 'environmental services', 'recreation and culture services', and 'sewer and water', and many of the listed items were either "wish list" projects or expenses covered by way of reserve expenditures. Some others were carryover items from last year's budget that had either been partially or entirely paid for through the previous township budget.

One of the big items that drew some attention initially was a $35,000 line item to pay for an emergency generator for the Shady Nook Recreation Centre. The centre is designated as a township shelter in the event of a large-scale emergency, and as such would need to have the ability to be self-sufficient for energy needs should the wider grid be inaccessible for whatever reason.

Still, the five-figure price tag was one that raised some questions for Reeve Debbie Robinson, who wondered if there may be an option to both provide Shady Nook with power in the event of an emergency but also make use of the generator at other times as well.

"That seems like a big expense for something that's just going to sit there and may or may not be used," she said to council.

By far the biggest draw on the township's upcoming capital expenditures is the proposed project along Roy St between Bruham Ave and Jane St., a stretch of approximately 650 metres that will end up costing the township roughly $1.5 million.

Already identified as one of the streets most in need of resurfacing within the township, the stretch of road is also in need of subterranean repair work to the water main, storm sewer and sanitary sewer lines, reported public works manager Mark Behm.

The paving portion of the project comes with an estimated price tag of around $450,000, while the storm sewer will add almost $305,000. The sanitary sewer and waterworks systems will total an additional $762,000 ($305,000 for sewer and $457,000 for water).

As the first of several meetings devoted to budget preparations, all numbers discussed at Thursday's meeting are still very preliminary, and it will still be some time before the township decides on a final tax levy figure for the coming year.

No date for the next budget meeting has been set, but the township's next regular council meeting is slated for Tuesday evening, Feb. 16 at 5:30.

ryan.paulsen@sunmedia.ca

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