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Town of Parry Sound approves 2014 budget

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The 2014 budget has been officially approved in the Town of Parry Sound.  At last night’s meeting, council approved the budget with no tax rate increase to residents.  As a result of the approved budget, a number of significant projects will be underway including:

• Reconstruction of Forest St. $4,152,000

• Reconstruction of Wakefield & Dufferin Sts. $1,457,000

• Purchase of new aerial platform fire truck $1,100,000

• James St. pedestrian signal crossing $ 80,000

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• Fitness trail retaining wall repairs $ 135,000

• Public Works storage shed $ 50,000

• Cemetery columbarium $ 20,000

• Engineering study for Isabella St. rail crossing $ 50,000

• Wabuno Beach washrooms upgrade $ 25,000

• BOCC Olympia ice resurfacer $ 85,000

• New Town website $ 30,000

• Repair of Fire Hall retaining wall $ 235,000

• Mission Park rope climbing play structure $ 31,000

• Trails Master Plan $ 30,000

• Tower Hill Ranger Cabin rehabilitation $ 20,000

• Market Square Park – wifi hotspot $ 8,000

• James St. Parking Lot – paving $ 60,000

• Beatty St. infrastructure re: new school $ 250,000

Other highlights of the approved budget include:

• Operating / management agreement with Massasauga Management Co. for Big Sound Marina and Town Dock

• Staffing restructuring and reductions

• Merger of PS Power with Lakeland Holdings. Payment of $3,967,000 as repayment of debt to Town.

• New Cascade St. power generation plant construction through Lakeland Power.

• Energy management and conservation plans for major Town facilities.

• Conversion of street lights to LED

• Development of Parks Management Plan.

• Irrigation system for Kinsmen Park.

• Hosting of May OSUM Conference – 200 delegates

• Partnering with DBA for Consumer Market Study

• Blue Flag program for Wabuno Beach

• Develop Partnership with The Archipelago to construct an Ambulance Base in Pointe au Baril

• Fire Response mobile access of property information

• Carbon Monoxide Education program

Mayor McGarvey noted that Council and Staff worked hard over the past few years to strengthen the financial base of the Town and 2014 will see a significant amount of work being done with no tax rate increase and our reserves in good shape.

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