«Capital works focus The draft 2016 budget, Ms. Dieleman said at the start of the Feb. 1 budget session, reflected an effort to take money saved ...»
“We have a fire department car?” Cr. Cerna asked.
Cr. Chester Glinski asked why a pickup truck was needed instead.
Chief Smith said he needed a vehicle that could transport supplies, not just him, between Malahide’s administration building, where deliveries were made, and the four fire stations.
He was currently relying on firefighters volunteering their pickups.
Cr. Glinski asked why the drainage pickup was so much less expensive.
Ms. Dieleman said she didn’t know specifically.
Cr. Widner questioned how many hours the chipper had been operated, and was surprised it was already wearing out.
Physical Services Director Rob Johnson said he would check on that.
“That chipper is used every day,” he added.
Near the end of the public session, Ms. Dieleman said she’d been asked during a break about the state of Malahide’s reserve funds.
At the end of 2015, based on unaudited calculations, they stood at about $4-million.
This year’s budget called for adding $1.7-million to reserves, and taking $1.2-million out for various projects, she said.
In 2017, though, she expected a bigger draw on reserves for, among other projects, $300,000 to $350,000 for Malahide’s share of replacing a bridge on Pressey Line shared with South West Oxford.
Mayor Mennill asked if the reserve funds were high or low according to provincial guidelines.
Ms. Dieleman said that the province didn’t set targets, but did compare similar municipalities, and Malahide’s reserves