SCUGOG: Council approved a total 2018 capital budget of about $5.3 million, at a meeting on Monday, November 27th.
Some of the budget expenditures include: about $1.9 million in road and sidewalk projects, $1,265,650 in bridge projects, $458,000 in building and facility maintenance and $980,000 in vehicles and equipment.
One expenditure added to the 2018 budget, during the council meeting, was $215,000 for the repair of Spring Blvd., on Scugog Island.
However, the addition of the Spring Blvd. project was opposed by Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew.
“I totally understand why Spring Blvd. needs to be done. There are many, many roads that need to be done in Scugog Township. But, I have to say, we’ve got a roads needs study, and this council approved additional criteria to come up with a priority. I’m presuming that the roads that are in this budget are the top priorities and where does Spring Blvd. fit?” she asked.
Director of Community Services Carol Coleman admitted that Spring Blvd. is “further down the list.”
“I guess I have to question why we asked staff to go through the extra criteria if we are not going to follow it,” Councillor Drew responded.
But, Ward 2 Councillor Janna Guido argued that the road was commonly brought up in the Township’s budget survey.
Mayor Tom Rowett said he understood Councillor Drew’s concern, but supported the inclusion of the Spring Blvd. project in the 2018 budget.
“I have travelled Spring Blvd., when it hasn’t rained and when it has rained, and it is, in my opinion, one of the worst roads,” he said.
A recorded vote was held on the addition of Spring Blvd., which passed 6-1. Councillor Drew was the only one who opposed it.