SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog's financial report from 2012 has been published. On June 24, 2013 at council, it was determined that the township is in the black and doing well to pay off its debt. Alex Richardson, auditor with the BDO, spoke to the report.
"Expenses came in $100,000 less than budget. The township is working off its debt and in 2013 it will be gone," said Mr. Richardson. "The township is working on long-term capital investment plan." Council discussed how the township is doing in comparison to other municipalities.
"Infrastructure renewal is a big driver, many municipalities get behind the eight-ball in this matter and end up gaining debt because the roads get old," said Mr. Richardson. "I think the township has kept up to pace with this and we are in a very strong position." Mayor Chuck Mercier seemed pleased with the details of the report, saying "I am glad that we will be debt free, not in perfect shape but in good shape. We have good opportunities with our waste management plant moving forward, to gain some growth. We're in a good position to move forward and grow without the monkey of debt on our backs."
Licensing of Cats
The Township of Scugog will not be licensing feline pets at this time. Last month, a question was raised regarding whether or not an amendment to the Animal Control By-Law should be made. If this amendment went through, cat tags would be available for purchase for residents to license their house cats, at a cost.
Port Perry Secondary Plan update
Council has voted to form a steering committee for the Port Perry Secondary Plan, which aims to upgrade sewage and water facilities for Port Perry.
Given the growing size of Port Perry's urban zone, the township has approved planning to go underway. The sewage plant will be made to accommodate an additional population of approximately 4,000 people and water and sewage access are hoped to be expanded into Port Perry's employment area.
The committee comprised of Mayor Mercier, Councillors Danson and Hancock, and representatives from the Region of Durham Planning Department and Kawartha Region Conservation Authority to oversee the project.
"I can't express the value of this six month planning exercise to ensure our growth in the future," said Alex Richardson, Auditor with BDO. "One of the key parts of the planning to be done is to look at the forecast of demographics in the township, considering seniors and delving into the co-housing project."
This committee will begin working out figures on topics such as sewage capacity, development and guidelines, and any new zoning or by-laws that must be considered.
Mr. Jim Dyment of MHBC Planning and Urban Design has been retained to assists township staff with the preparation of the Port Perry Secondary Plan.
If the Port Perry Secondary Plan is approved, formal meetings will be held and information distributed during September 2013.