I don’t agree with the elimination of the senior’s discount for water and sewer rates. As we have a shrinking population, as well as one less school, I don’t see any cost-cutting of expenditures.
Concerning the firetruck, the rules for continued use are on a website (Firetruck Underwriters Insurance) which allows for use up to 29 years with a yearly inspection.
I was told by the town administration that a prudent reserve was required by provincial law. I spoke with the manager of municipal affairs in Victoria who said there is no such requirement. He looked at our finances and said that we were in good shape with a million dollars in our account. An engine can be replaced much cheaper than a new truck. So, with a 10 year window, budgeting for a new truck can be done.
As the Council is new to the job, this will give them the opportunity to become more familiar with the wishes of the electorate.