Mayor Dave Augustyn’s Column for the week of 3 October 2016
Do you have any suggestions on how the Town should spend and invest your money to improve our Town?Council will begin our 2017 budget process with a special public meeting where we listen to you and other members of the community about what you would like to see in next year’s and future budgets. That meeting will occur on Tuesday, October 11 at 6:30 PM in the Council Chamber at Pelham Town Hall.
Pelham Council first started this type of a “pre-budget consultation” ten years ago – for the 2007 Budgets. We continue each year to welcome residents, representatives of sports teams, service clubs, and committees, and businesses and property tax payers to provide input.
I am pleased that, following Council deliberations each year, we have been able to follow-through on most of the suggestions offered by your friends and neighbours. In previous years, folks have requested a dog park, a skate park, sidewalks along a number of roads, crosswalks, sidewalk snow clearing on every sidewalk in Town, partnerships on service club signs, and a new community centre. Town Council discussed each of these requests, and most have been approved or are scheduled in future budgets.
That’s why we are undertaking this consultation process again. Council and I want to hear directly from you about your needs, wants, and ideas for our Town. Our community improves when more and more people become involved in its success!
And, this is just the start of our 2017 budget discussions:
●Pre-Budget Consultation – beginning October 11, 2016;
●Draft Capital Budget available to the public – November 25;
●Draft Capital Budget presented to Committee – November 28;
●Council consider approving Capital Budget – December 5;
●Draft Operating Budget available to the public – January 27, 2017;
●Draft Operating Budget presented to Committee – January 30;
●Council consider approving Operating Budget – February 6;
●Draft Water & Sewer Budgets available to the public – February 17;
●Draft Water & Sewer Budgets presented to Committee – February 20;
●Council consider approving Water & Sewer Budgets – March 6.
Prefer to provide written input? Simply send a letter via email to a special email address: firstname.lastname@example.org . You will also soon be able to view background budget information at the Town’s website: www.pelham.ca .
Not internet savvy? You can also provide written comments via normal mail c/o Town Clerk, Town of Pelham, 20 Pelham Town Square, P.O. Box 400, Fonthill, ON L0S 1E0.
I hope to hear from you and I look forward to discussing your ideas so that we can continue to build a better future for our Town together.
You may contact Mayor Dave at email@example.com to suggest future column or read past columns at www.pelhammayordave.blogspot.ca .