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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Township faces tough financial decisions
    township financing of the transit system said it would cost too much He suggested if council approves it outside funding would have to be found to pay for it Council is expected to make a final decision on the transit system at its next council meeting The figures released by Lennox show council would pay 20 000 for the first year and about 44 000 for the second year of operation Costs would escalate to 235 000 by 2016 a figure Lennox said is based on a similar system operating in Hanover For comparison purposes Lennox also looked at tax increases and expenditures in the township from 2001 to 2011 which saw the property tax levy for municipal purposes go from 2 9 million in 2001 to 5 57 million this year The increase translated into an annual tax hike of 6 67 per cent or an overall total of 90 5 per cent Are we prepared to raise taxes the same way we have over the past 10 years Lennox asked council Mayor Ray Tout said It s important for people to understand we have to raise taxes If we re going to grow that s going to come at a cost For his 2012 to 2016 calculation which included the five big ticket items Lennox said property taxes would increase from about 1 520 to 2 056 on a home valued at 290 000 A different scenario presented by Lennox showing longer pay off periods for projects showed a smaller increase from 1 520 to 1 988 for the same period The mayor said Wellington North is also facing reductions in money it receives from the province for municipal operations That went from almost 1 286 million in 2001 to 970 000 this year and provincial grants are expected to decline further We know our economic situation provincially is not that rosy Lennox said The township has also turned to reserves to fund projects in the past but Lennox said that money will also have to be replaced to deal with unforeseen projects that could crop up in the future You don t want to blow everything you have in your piggy bank he said On the transit system councillor Dan Yake said council will have to make a decision at its next meeting Yake who has been spearheading the transit project and prepared a report to council on it said he continues to receive calls supporting it The report was asked for the report was presented and there s going to be a roomful of people wanting to know what your decision is Yake said of the issue Tout also acknowledged the transit plan will cost a big buck He added In the next three years we re going to have some tough choices Lennox agreed tough decisions on spending will have to be made to ensure annual tax increases are kept to the level of inflation or between three and four per cent October 7 2011

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Wellington North community improvement plan moves forward
    at last week s public meeting He said the plan still has to be approved by the Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs which is expected to provide funding to projects within the designated areas Wellington North is also expected to provide funding Mayor Ray Tout said he expects the township will provide 10 000 to 18 000 in initial funding and is hoping the plan will be in place at the beginning of next year It has to be balanced with what a municipality of this size can afford Kelly said It is about the commercial areas to promote community improvement Businesses wishing to take part in the plan have to be located within the designated areas and provide an application indicating the work they want done to the economic development committee for approval The plan covers vacant land in the designated areas that could be improved by the owners of that land Business development manager Dale Small said the committee will assess applications and could seek input from Chambers of Commerce in Arthur and Mount Forest We ve got to make it affordable the mayor said of the plan We want trade and commerce and we want people to invest in the community and stop and shop Essentially funding can be provided in the form of grants or tax incentives based on individual projects Council has already approved the plan according to Small who sees it going to the ministry for approval soon We will do that relatively quickly so we can apply for provincial funding he said The funding is a big piece of it September 30 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Fire services amalgamation underway
    have retained the name of the community they serve the Arthur Fire Department and the Mount Forest Fire Department Under the new name the two departments will be known as the Arthur fire station and Mount Forest fire station Similar renaming has already been completed in surrounding municipalities The committee is also considering the hiring of a full time fire chief However Mayor Ray Tout said it could take a couple of years before a decision is made on that issue September 30 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories Slower calendar sales could mean less funding for two local events Council accepts recommendation of 2 1 million county debenture for Fire Hall Fire department unveils new education house Wellington North Health Care 66 000 surplus Northern Big Brothers Big Sisters gets recognition Year one Wellington North mayor reflects on achievements pitfalls Township approves building department hike then reneges at bylaw Council to consider firm for reviews New Hillsburgh fire pumper authorized by towns councillors Council disbands fundraising committee Wellington North switches insurers Council moves towards regular performance appraisals Arthur residents express concerns about development of former school Dickson Lessons learned from Sandy Lake evacuation Wellington North council forced to withdraw development charges bylaw Erins amalgamation amendment order located The Wellington Advertiser News Opinion Community Deaths Digital Publications Classifieds Centre Wellington Wellington North Mapleton Minto Guelph Eramosa Erin Puslinch Police Report Editorial Letters to

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Township donates to Goderich relief fund
    said the community is prepared to assist Goderich with relief efforts If there s anything we can do to help we re here to help the mayor said Draft plan coming Wellington North s Economic Development Committee will be hosting a public meeting on Sept 21 to present a draft of its Community Improvement Program CIP The plan which will outline measures to improve designated portions of Mount Forest and Arthur in a bid to attract business has been the focus of public meetings in both communities It is being developed by Sean Kelly of Stempski Kelly Associates in conjunction with public input gained from the meetings held earlier this year The meeting will be held on Sept 21 at 7pm in the council chambers in Kenilworth September 2 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories Camping reservation system now open Parkinson Society VON launch exercise program Council passes taxes borrowing bylaws Big Brothers Big Sisters sets Bowl for Kids dates Slower calendar sales could mean less funding for two local events Mapleton Minto 81s have successful weekend Debris unlicenced vehicles keeping new enforcement officer busy Council could be using laptops by February Rosalinde Baumgartner Unique art Arts council welcomes new executive director Neil Simons The Dinner Party coming in February Carlos del Junco to play Eden Mills fundraiser Annual heifer sale supports Mennonite charities Fergus Elora Minor Softball returns for 2012 season Centre

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Wellington North delays transit decision due to financial concerns
    including two mid size buses and one large bus for group outings It s expected a system operating in Wellington North would generate some 2 000 rides at an average cost of 12 The plan originally brought to council by Williamson who has been spearheading efforts to establish a disability transit system in northern Wellington County resulted in a presentations by Roger Cook manager of transit services to Wellington North Minto and county councils on what services SMART provides County Warden Chris White and Minto deputy mayor Terry Fisk attended Monday s council meeting along with local supporters of the plan and representatives from Wellington North Health Care Included in the report were letters of support for the plan from health care providers nursing home operators and individuals Transportation is a municipal responsibility Yake said reading from the report As our population ages communities that support local services like accessible transportation can realize the economic benefits from people moving to your community because of the services being provided Inadequate transportation options can be one of the factors that limit a municipality being a good place to live and work Accessible transportation can also be used to help reduce the demands on local ambulance service by assisting with the transportation of patients from hospitals thus freeing up the ambulances to respond to emergency situations The municipality has already earmarked 15 000 toward the project with another 5 000 donation expected If council decides to set up the pilot project it would mean committing 20 000 in the first year and another 20 000 in 2013 because the contract requires council give a year s notice if it decides to back out It s that financial commitment that has raised concerns with councillor Andy Lennox head of Wellington North s finance committee My concern is financial said Lennox Based on the information we have we re going to have to increase property taxes to cover transit costs I have a struggle to see how we can commit that money on behalf of all the residents Lennox added he supports the concept but is concerned about additional costs I m aware of the need I realize this aging population is growing but we have serious financial problems Lennox said I just feel we re not in a position to provide it Councillor Sherry Burke voiced similar concerns saying she wants council to explore other options possibly including private sector involvement Mount Forest residents Rita McCartney who supported the plan in a personal letter and Roy Shaw were disappointed with council deferring a decision to Oct 17 I don t see how you can turn your back on this Shaw said This is needed Warden White said the county would not assist the township with funding at this early stage but might consider funding once the program is running successfully This could be a hugely expensive service for a limited number of people White warned It s a bit of a gamble Mayor Ray

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Town unveils long-term water, sewer plans
    council the plan takes into consideration current reserves that would be used for upgrades to the system and how much would be raised through billing He said bills will continue to fluctuate for metered and flat users until metering is in place By the time we get to 2016 everybody is paying the same rate Grunda said TG Minto the hospital and nursing homes everybody is treated the same from a rate perspective It s expected water rates by 2020 would be about 1 89 while sewers would cost 2 23 per square metre used Meters will also give the town a better indication if the 270 cubic meter usage level is close Treasurer Gordon Duff said the financial plan and rates spell out what is needed for council to proceed The Town of Minto received its external accreditation from the Canadian General Standards Board CGSB the Ontario Drinking Water Quality Management Standard effective Nov 10 2011 Duff stated in a report to council Under the legislation council must approve a financial plan by Jan 29 At the same time changing capital expenditure forecasts made it desirable to review projected water and wastewater rates Duff said Watson and Associates Economists Ltd was retained to assist with the preparation of the financial plans as its staff is familiar with the operations of Minto s water and wastewater systems At the end of 2020 water and wastewater reserves will total just over 4 million with net new water debt of 2 1 million and new sewer debt of about 300 000 Duff said At the end of 2011 water and wastewater reserves totaled approximately 1 9 million Outstanding water debt is now about 1 5 million and outstanding wastewater debt is 3 5 million If the recommendations are followed the total water debt in 2020 will be about 2 25 million while the outstanding wastewater debt balance will be about 1 4 million Reserves will be lower than they would be if rates were increased at a faster speed he said In summary water and wastewater rates are forecast to continue to increase from 2013 to 2018 but the amounts of the increases are lower than if the same rates as contained under the current bylaw were projected into the future Duff added A conversion to the use of water meters is anticipated as the province is strongly encouraging this objective The cost of converting from the simpler flat system is high estimated at approximately 1 million but a metered system will be more fair and should encourage conservation of scarce water resources In the proposed rate structure the cost of these meters would be covered by the rates as a whole without the need for special surcharges The treasurer expects customers will pay about 275 less annually in 2016 whether paying flat or metered rates compared to a typical flat fee customer in 2014 Council is expected to make a decision at its meeting later this month January 20 2012 Tweet

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Year One: Mayor George Bridges goal is to streamline towns procedures
    decided to bring in new blood In Wellington North a new mayor Ray Touta was elected along with new councillors Al Lennox Sherri Burke and Mark Goetz along with veteran Dan Yake Bridge sees the revitalization of councils including his as a positive step Not only is the majority of his council new its members also bring a wide range of experience to the table They have good business experience he said Number one is dollars and cents We have to run the town as a business You have to be able to read financial statements He said the new council is prepared to try new ways of doing business One of the advantages of being new is you don t have to run with what s gone on in the past Bridge credited previous and current councils for work needed to put together top quality staff to manage the town s affairs The new council was trusted with hiring new chief administrative officer and clerk Bill White and recently hired new director of public services Brian Hansen along with long time staff including treasurer Gord Duff The mayor said council and senior staff are currently in the process of preparing the town s budget a document that will be easily understood by residents I m hoping it will be very good when the public looks at it Bridge said Upgrades to the town s website have assisted with making it easier for residents to access services and Bridge said eventually he hopes a delayed feed of council meetings will allow residents to follow issues dealt with at council Bridge is also passionate about economic development essential to Minto s growth He credited the town s business and economic development manager Belinda Wick Graham with forging ahead with several initiatives along with local volunteer groups whose work included establishing farmer s markets streetscape and park improvements and cultural plans in Clifford Harriston and Palmerston Minto recently hosted a joint economic development meeting with Wellington North and Mapleton townships to discuss potential joint ventures to attract new business The present council did a good job seeing economic development was needed Bridge said Bridge recently took on the duties as chairman of Wellington County s economic development committee a committee that has been in place only informally in the past year or so He sees economic development as a key to growth whether it is due to county or local efforts According to the mayor it is essential that correct information regarding township issues gets to residents He said there have been times when he has found himself in a coffee shop disputing misinformation about a given issue If anything it would be people who run to make judgement before hearing all the facts Bridge said of his main concern when dealing with town issues I think if anything that s a frustration If you are really upset come and give us the facts Nobody is hiding anything He admitted there have

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Committee structure gets second look
    We receive recommendations from the staff and are expected to make decisions with little or no discussion Council appears to be on the outside looking in We should not be a rubber stamp council Elliot said He added he is at a loss to understand why the public works department the town s largest does not warrant a standing committee He noted there should also be committees for fire and protection the township s third largest department and personnel and finance He stressed that his proposal was not about second guessing staff members I believe we have excellent staff who serve our community well Elliott said Reinstating committees should support our staff and council with decision making and ultimately provide the Town of Minto with strong representation He noted Wellington County and several lower tier municipalities use a committee system I would suggest that council adopt the committee system and after one year make comparisons Elliott said It s expected Minto council will consider his proposal in early January along with a staff report December 30 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories Mapleton Minto 81s have successful weekend Town unveils long term water sewer plans Year One Mayor George Bridges goal is to streamline towns procedures Northern Big Brothers Big Sisters gets recognition FHT Locals should make resolutions they can keep Committee structure gets second look CAO Building activity remains strong Minto signs

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