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Council wages; increased cost for fire hall on agenda

Council, at its regular meeting Tuesday night, will examine a report of the Corporate Services and Finance Commission  recommending remuneration for 2015 be approved as follows:
Mayor $37,281.00
Councillor $18,690.00
Committee Chair $ 1,557.00
Committee Meeting Chair Honorarium $ 126.15

The report notes the amounts were calculated by applying the Consumer Price Index increase of 1.66 per cent to the 2014 numbers.

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Council will also be looking at a report from Corporate Services and Finance regarding an increase in cost for the new fire/EMS facility in the Picton Industrial Park due to the delayed choice of location.

The report notes MHPM Project Manager Services Inc., has been co-operative in supporting staff through the process and have agreed to complete the project at the hourly rate established at the original contract award in May 2013, to include this facility at a limit of $100,830.

The original bid for two new fire stations located at Consecon and in the vicinity of Picton’s traffic circle was based on doing the work on both stations in tandem. That bid was $120,227.20. The current estimate shows Consecon can be accomplished at $106,440, but the time taken to explore various locations for the second facility delayed the start of the facility to be in Picton’s Industrial Park.

The report notes that the MHPM effort has essentially doubled, however with some negotiated modifications, the estimate to complete the second station was set at $100,830.

Council is to meet Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at Shire Hall.

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  1. Cut in the County says:

    Just reading the paper today and am disgusted with this result.

    What nerve to vote themselves a raise when half of them should not even be at the public teat given the desire for a much smaller council going back years now.

    By their actions, they align themselves with scoundrels Kathleen Wynne, McGuinty etc…

    Breaking down the 10-6 vote on Council Pay Raises-

    The paper noted those who voted against the increase – Jamie Forrester, David Harrison, Treat Hull, Janice Maynard, Brad Nieman and Steve Ferguson. At least they were listening to the electorate.

    The Picton Gazette didn’t name those that voted for their own raise but given the vote count it appears that Mayor Robert Quaiff, Lenny Epstein, Barry Turpin, Jim Dunlop, Roy Pennell, Diane O’Brien, Gordon Fox, Steve Graham, Kevin Gale and Bill Roberts thought they were deserving.

    This along with water rate increases of 10% (base) and 7% (usage), pending property tax increase looming and we are dying by a thousand cuts in the County.

    We are like domestic violence victims in Ontario. We get beaten by the Province and then when we get a smaller slap from municipal government we are relieved there is no visible marks and soldier on.

    Let us not forget how they voted in four years time.

  2. R.Richman says:

    The Chris Keen statement is so true about the public sector. There are haves and have nots. The people who pay the public sector are now the have nots giving to the haves. This is similar to the England of old where by the crown taxed the poor so they could be even more poor.

  3. Susan says:

    No word on who is managing our long term care home, McFarland. Budgets do not deliver to the taxpayer, residents or loved ones the costs of the most recent purge by Corporate Services. Left to believe all is well. Residents pay dearly for their care and they deserve to be the first informed of what is happening. Still waiting!

  4. Gary says:

    You are correct Chris. The first real Council meeting in near 3 months and the first thing up is looking after after themselves. Whether deserved the optics are pigs at the trough! Another significant tax increase for all ratepayers and water users were just plain hosed on top of that. When did regular workers other than municipal workers see a consumer price index raise? No increase in income but increased taxes so it is fall behind further. A lovely Christmas present to the residents of the County.

  5. Argyle says:

    It will be interesting to see if any of the newly elected councillors speak out and vote against the wage increases. Some how I doubt it…….called public entitlement.

  6. Chris Keen says:

    In my humble opinion the optics of a salary increase for the Mayor and Councillors at this point in time couldn’t be worse. I would like to suggest that this matter be deferred for two years when this group has shown us they are worthy of an increase.

    It’s time public servants understood that an increase in salary based upon the cost of living is a luxury few in the private sector enjoy and is not an automatic entitlement.

  7. kjb says:

    Already it starts…I don’t know anyone who gets a raise the first month on the job…All our elected officials knew what the salaries were before the decided to run for office.

  8. Lori Cairns says:

    With a property tax increase and a hefty water/wastewater increase, we can’t afford to pay more for a mayor and councillors. They have not proven that they are worthy of an increase in salary. Let’s see how much money they save us over the next year.

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