KAWARTHA LAKES-At a Special Council meeting on November 30, Council passed the proposed 2022 Tax Supported Capital Budget. Officials say the year council prioritized community development and road infrastructure.
Council acknowledged the incredible dedication shown by the community for the Summit Wellness Centre in Coboconk, highlighting their outstanding achievement of raising almost $1,000,000.
“The Summit Wellness Centre will be a legacy project for this term of Council – this is a milestone moment that will have a large impact for the north and will continue to serve the community for years to come,” stated Mayor Andy Letham. “The phenomenal work done by this group to get to this point is outstanding and we need to do our part to recognize that and continue to support the project as best as we can.”
Further recognition went out to the group managing the Manvers Arena, noting they have worked hard to find outside resources to continue to keep the space open. This dedication to the community is something Council wants to help promote across the municipality and approved several improvements to the arena.
Investing for the future was also highlighted in this year’s budget through the approved municipal contribution for the Omemee Downtown Reconstruction. A design will be completed for King Street, similar to the work being completed for Fenelon Falls and Lindsay.
Another common theme seen across the 2022 Capital Budget is the increased investment into road infrastructure. Council requested and approved a dedicated tax levy for roads and they also approved an additional $500,000 towards the Roads Lifecycle Management Program. This program places emphasis on treating roads in a timely matter to help preserve and extend their lifecycle.
“One of our biggest and most costly assets to preserve is our road networks and infrastructure,” commented Mayor Letham. “This year’s Capital Budget is largely focused on improving the programs available for maintenance, repair and if needed, replacement. The next five year roads plan, which identifies and prioritizes roads needs for all of our 5600 lane kilometres, will also be coming forward early in the new year. With the increase in budget and the updated list for the next five years, the management of our roads will certainly be an increased priority for 2022.”
Council also approved improvements to infrastructure to assist with our vital emergency services, such as an upgrade to the Kawartha Lakes Police Forensic Lab, upgrades to multiple Fire Hall training rooms and the design for the Paramedic Services Headquarters and Fleet Centre.
For more information on all projects approved with the 2022 Capital Budget, watch the Special Council meeting on the municipality’s YouTube. Next Tuesday December 7, Council will meet again to discuss and approve the 2022 Proposed Operating Budget, the Water and Wastewater Budget as well as any further Special Projects.