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The Town of Westville gave first reading to the application for a development agreement for the former Highland Consolidated School property. The public input meeting will be held on August 29th at 5:30 pm in Council Chambers with second reading taking place on August 29th at the regular Council meeting beginning at 6:00pm. Anyone with questions can contact Town Planner Roland Burek at 902-752-4476 or CAO Kelly Rice at 902-396-2008.
Westville Town Council gave approval for the additions to the Inter-Municipal Planning Strategy (Towns of Westville, Stellarton, Trenton and New Glasgow) as recommended by Municipal Affairs and proposed by Town Planner Roland Burek. Both additions were pertaining to Source Water Protection Plans.
The Town of Westville received a letter from 2 Thorburn residents, thanking everyone involved in the Canada Day celebrations. They continued to say that they have been enjoying the parade and fireworks for over 40 years and compared this year’s festivities to those in our country’s capital city of Ottawa! Mayor MacKay stated he would make sure all involved received a copy of their gracious letter and said that there are already big plans underway for next year’s 150th Birthday of our great country!
Westville Releases 2016 Financial Results
At its July 25, 2016 regular meeting, the Westville town council was told that the Town ended its 2015-16 fiscal year with a consolidated surplus of $579,228, $330,000 better than budget. Both the general Operating fund and the Water Utility finished with significant surpluses - $254,000 compared to a break-even budget in general operations and $73,000 compared to a budget deficit of $12,000 in the Water operations.
The town’s auditor, Kevin MacDonald presented the financial statements at the Monday meeting. Westville CAO, Kelly Rice advised council that the surplus was achieved through careful cost management in all departments. General administration costs were $100,000 below budget and $70,000 below prior year levels. Public Works costs for the year were $120,000 below budget and down $6,000 from the prior year. In the Water Utility, purchased water costs were $75,000 below budget and $40,000 below the previous year. These water savings resulted from the Town’s successful challenge of proposed rate increases and a general reduction in water losses through leak monitoring.
The town completed $825,000 in capital projects during the 2015-16 year, including purchase of the historic Post Office building, upgrades to the Civic building, sewer system upgrades and replacement of an aging sidewalk plow.
Despite the significant investment in capital infrastructure, the Town’s net debt was reduced by $200,000 to $1.5 million during the year. As a result of the successful year, the Town was able to increase reserves by $683,000 to $1 million. CAO Rice advised Council that with the improved financial position, the Town is now better positioned to have more flexibility in planning its operations and capital improvements in the upcoming years.