OPP costs to jump $30+ per home
Skyrocketting OPP costs are going to be adding nearly $92,000 to the Centre Hastings budget for 2017 and the mayor isn’t pleased.
Provincial policing costs will rise just over $34 per household in Centre Hastings next year, which means about a 2.5% increase in the budget overall.
Mayor Tom Deline tells Quinte News he’s not pleased with having to pay so much, but he’s even more upset with the way the province’s new funding model has been rolled out.
Deline says he knows neighbouring municipalities will also be affected, but he isn’t sure exactly what those costs will amount to.
Water restrictions put in place, with levels still dangerously low
As the local watershed continues to struggle with low levels, the Municipality of Centre Hastings has approved a set of water control measures.
The minor measures were approved at this week’s council meeting, asking residents to continue to cut back on things like car washing, laundry and other water-heavy chores and activities.
Mayor Tom Deline tells Quinte News, passing the motion was about more than putting rules in place.
Deline also shared the same concerns as Quinte Conservation staff, who are worried a lack of rainfall before the winter freeze could leave some homeowners without water until the spring thaw.
Council asks for cash for work on Highway 62 “Connecting Link”
Centre Hastings Council is asking for some government funding, to help repair a key section of connecting link road, on Highway 62.
Centre Hastings Mayor Tom Deline tells Quinte News, if they get approved for the cash, it would be used for work on a crucial section of road that cuts right through town.
Deline says he’s not sure what the total cost of the work would be, but if they’re approved for the funding, it would cover up to 90% of it.