Jeff Green | Nov 17, 2005
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Fire Department Praised for Good Work
Fire Chief Rick Chesebrough reported that his firemen had won high praise for their work at a recent house fire in Storrington district. It was a severe fire in an old structure: in spite of this, the firefighters were able to save many of the owners’ valuables, including photos and papers. Later, the insurance company commented that they had never witnessed such excellent work on the part of a fire department.
Federal Gas Tax Revenues
Council authorized the mayor and CEO to sign a 26-page Municipal Funding Agreement for the transfer of Federal Gas Tax Revenues. CEO Gord Burns reported that although the application process was not quite as complicated as it had first seemed, it was very detailed, with structured documentation required at each stage of the process. Eligible projects include those related to: public transit, drinking water, waste water, solid waste, community energy systems and local roads, bridges, etc. It appears that the total amount of money available over the five years of the agreement will exceed $1.3 million. There was no discussion of how the money might be used by the Township.
2006 Election Procedures
Gord Burns reported that the decision to use any but the standard ballot voting method has to be authorized before the end of December ‘05. Although the vote-by-mail process used last election had been a convenience for non-residents, it had proven cumbersome and expensive. Burns is researching alternatives such as a combination of telephone and e-mail that other municipalities have been pleased with, and will have a recommendation for council next month.
Next meeting of the Township’s water committee will be Tuesday November 22, 10 a.m. in Sydenham.