Town Council Summary-April 9, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2014

The following items were discussed at the Regular monthly meeting of the Stratford Town Council on Wednesday April 9, 2014.

Donations

Council approved the following requests for financial assistance:

  • $5,000 to Pat and the Elephant to support residents with mobility challenges.
  • $5,000 to Speed Skate PEI towards the $40,000 cost of safety mats. Approximately 25% of the registered participants of Speed Skate PEI are from Stratford.
  • $5,000 to the QEH Foundation Equipment Drive to help to ensure residents can access medical services when needed.

All of the above requests were received during the pre-budget consultation process and funding was allotted for them in the approved 2014 Town budget.

Election Bylaw Amendments

Resolutions were passed to approve second reading and adoption of amendment to the Elections Bylaw so that the advance poll can be closed early on Halloween, so that determination day occurs before the swearing in ceremony and to enable the Chief Electoral Officer to allow additional persons to be present in the polling station during the counting of the ballots.

Child Care Facility Extension Request

Council approved a request from Jacalyn Ferguson to hold a public meeting to consider her application to expand her Child Care Facility at her property located at 26 Wren Drive from 15 to 26 children.

Provincial Infrastructure Fund Allocation

In budget 2014, Council signaled its’ intent to replace the existing RCMP office with a new facility to improve policing for residents. Our RCMP officers must travel to the Queens Detachment at the Maypoint Plaza to carry out many of their functions which impacts response time and time available for patrol. In addition, the existing office cannot safely accommodate civilian support staff and residents therefore have to also travel back and forth to the Queens Detachment at the Maypoint Plaza to complete criminal record checks or other interactions with the RCMP. Council passed a resolution to earmark the 2013/14 PIF allocation of $150,000 and the 2014/15 PIF allocation of $150,000 to the RCMP office replacement.

New Deal for Cities and Communities Re-Allocation

The Town of Stratford has an estimated $1,400,000 in funding from the existing (2010-2015) New Deal for Cities and Communities program that has not yet been spent. Of the estimated surplus, there is $112,000 in unallocated funding due to a change in the population from 2011 census and an accumulation of interest. The remaining $1,288,000 was not yet spent because of slower than anticipated development of the core area and less development of sidewalks/bike lanes, which depend on a partnership with Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to infill the ditches. Council passed a resolution to designate the $112,000 in unallocated funding to the existing approved projects of sidewalks/bike lanes and/or trails in 2014 and to re-allocate
remaining $1,288,000 in unspent funding to two Utility projects that were approved in the 2014 capital budget as follows:

  • $960,000 towards an interim upgrade of the sewer treatment plant at an estimated cost of $1,500,000.
  • $328,000 towards the extension of municipal sewer on the Bellvue Road and a portion of the Georgetown Road at an estimated cost of $510,000.

Finance and Technology Committee Member Appointment

Council passed a resolution to appoint Paulette Solomon as a member of the Finance and Technology Committee for the remainder of the term of Council.

EI Economic Region

Council passed a resolution to state the Town’s opposition to the recent changes to the EI program Economic regions for P.E.I. and asked that a letter be written to the Hon. Jason Kenney, Federal Minister of Employment and Social Development, asking him to reverse the recently announced changes.

Tribute to Dr. David McKenna

Mayor Dunphy took a moment to recognize a valued member of the community, Dr. David McKenna, who died suddenly on Wednesday, March 19.
Dr. David McKenna made great contributions to Prince Edward Island through the many professional and community organizations he was involved with such as the P.E.I. Association of Optometrists, the UPEI Board of Governors and recently as chair of the QEH Foundation board of directors.

David was a dedicated family person and a highly respected community leader who served as the MLA for Stratford-Kinlock from 2003 to 2007. Municipally, David was a member of the Stratford Safety Services and Environment Committee from 2009 – 2012 and continued to be a regular face around the Stratford Town Centre as an active member of the Sustainability Committee since 2013.

In addition to David’s committee involvement he was an integral part of the Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group. As a founding director and Past-President of SAWIG, David demonstrated his enthusiasm and passion for the environment by helping shape the watershed group into the organization it is today. David participated in all of the watershed’s events and activities, and was always the first one to pick up a shovel or lead a cleanup. He was always eager to learn more about his local environment, and was a keen promoter of education and community engagement.

I would like to extend condolences to the family of Dr. David McKenna on his sudden passing. On behalf of the Town of Stratford, we extend our sincerest sympathies to his wife Ann and their three daughters Monica, Emily and Bridget. David’s knowledge, dedication and friendship will be greatly missed by Town of Stratford council members, staff, committees, organizations, and residents alike.

Contact Information
For further information, please contact Kim Dudley, Community Engagement Coordinator, at 569-6921.

Town Council Summary-April 9, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2014

The following items were discussed at the Regular monthly meeting of the Stratford Town Council on Wednesday April 9, 2014.

Donations

Council approved the following requests for financial assistance:

  • $5,000 to Pat and the Elephant to support residents with mobility challenges.
  • $5,000 to Speed Skate PEI towards the $40,000 cost of safety mats. Approximately 25% of the registered participants of Speed Skate PEI are from Stratford.
  • $5,000 to the QEH Foundation Equipment Drive to help to ensure residents can access medical services when needed.

All of the above requests were received during the pre-budget consultation process and funding was allotted for them in the approved 2014 Town budget.

Election Bylaw Amendments

Resolutions were passed to approve second reading and adoption of amendment to the Elections Bylaw so that the advance poll can be closed early on Halloween, so that determination day occurs before the swearing in ceremony and to enable the Chief Electoral Officer to allow additional persons to be present in the polling station during the counting of the ballots.

Child Care Facility Extension Request

Council approved a request from Jacalyn Ferguson to hold a public meeting to consider her application to expand her Child Care Facility at her property located at 26 Wren Drive from 15 to 26 children.

Provincial Infrastructure Fund Allocation

In budget 2014, Council signaled its’ intent to replace the existing RCMP office with a new facility to improve policing for residents. Our RCMP officers must travel to the Queens Detachment at the Maypoint Plaza to carry out many of their functions which impacts response time and time available for patrol. In addition, the existing office cannot safely accommodate civilian support staff and residents therefore have to also travel back and forth to the Queens Detachment at the Maypoint Plaza to complete criminal record checks or other interactions with the RCMP. Council passed a resolution to earmark the 2013/14 PIF allocation of $150,000 and the 2014/15 PIF allocation of $150,000 to the RCMP office replacement.

New Deal for Cities and Communities Re-Allocation

The Town of Stratford has an estimated $1,400,000 in funding from the existing (2010-2015) New Deal for Cities and Communities program that has not yet been spent. Of the estimated surplus, there is $112,000 in unallocated funding due to a change in the population from 2011 census and an accumulation of interest. The remaining $1,288,000 was not yet spent because of slower than anticipated development of the core area and less development of sidewalks/bike lanes, which depend on a partnership with Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to infill the ditches. Council passed a resolution to designate the $112,000 in unallocated funding to the existing approved projects of sidewalks/bike lanes and/or trails in 2014 and to re-allocate
remaining $1,288,000 in unspent funding to two Utility projects that were approved in the 2014 capital budget as follows:

  • $960,000 towards an interim upgrade of the sewer treatment plant at an estimated cost of $1,500,000.
  • $328,000 towards the extension of municipal sewer on the Bellvue Road and a portion of the Georgetown Road at an estimated cost of $510,000.

Finance and Technology Committee Member Appointment

Council passed a resolution to appoint Paulette Solomon as a member of the Finance and Technology Committee for the remainder of the term of Council.

EI Economic Region

Council passed a resolution to state the Town’s opposition to the recent changes to the EI program Economic regions for P.E.I. and asked that a letter be written to the Hon. Jason Kenney, Federal Minister of Employment and Social Development, asking him to reverse the recently announced changes.

Tribute to Dr. David McKenna

Mayor Dunphy took a moment to recognize a valued member of the community, Dr. David McKenna, who died suddenly on Wednesday, March 19.
Dr. David McKenna made great contributions to Prince Edward Island through the many professional and community organizations he was involved with such as the P.E.I. Association of Optometrists, the UPEI Board of Governors and recently as chair of the QEH Foundation board of directors.

David was a dedicated family person and a highly respected community leader who served as the MLA for Stratford-Kinlock from 2003 to 2007. Municipally, David was a member of the Stratford Safety Services and Environment Committee from 2009 – 2012 and continued to be a regular face around the Stratford Town Centre as an active member of the Sustainability Committee since 2013.

In addition to David’s committee involvement he was an integral part of the Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group. As a founding director and Past-President of SAWIG, David demonstrated his enthusiasm and passion for the environment by helping shape the watershed group into the organization it is today. David participated in all of the watershed’s events and activities, and was always the first one to pick up a shovel or lead a cleanup. He was always eager to learn more about his local environment, and was a keen promoter of education and community engagement.

I would like to extend condolences to the family of Dr. David McKenna on his sudden passing. On behalf of the Town of Stratford, we extend our sincerest sympathies to his wife Ann and their three daughters Monica, Emily and Bridget. David’s knowledge, dedication and friendship will be greatly missed by Town of Stratford council members, staff, committees, organizations, and residents alike.

Contact Information
For further information, please contact Kim Dudley, Community Engagement Coordinator, at 569-6921.

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