Year 2012 Report

Municipal Finances:

The auditor’s report for the year ending 31 December 2011 showed a surplus of $100,331. From this surplus, Council appropriated an amount of $45,000 directly to the 2012 budget and reserved $50,000 for the auto pumper fire truck. Council approved a budget of $1,874,252 for the year 2012 ($1,840,353 in 2011). Pres-ently, a surplus is anticipated for 2012.

Salaries:

The Mayor’s salary was $7,814.28 in 2012, plus $100 per month for meetings; for councillors, it is $2,604.06 plus $50 per month for meetings. These amounts include cost of living increases.

Roads:

Staff and contractors carried out drainage and foundation works at various locations in the Municipality. A lot of this work was made possible through a grant of $50,000 from Ms. Stéphanie Vallée, Gatineau riding’s representa-tive in the National Assembly. The 2012 Gas Tax Program provided the Municipality with the capacity to invest ap-proximately $500,000 in municipal roads over four years, with the Municipality’s investment at $102,928. The bal-ance of the work will be completed in 2013.

Administration:

Employees received a salary increase in line with the Consumer Price Index increase for 2011.

Fire Safety & Policing:

Low Fire Department firefighters conducted regular practice sessions to maintain their skill levels and safety standards, and undertook several community awareness activities. A brand new 2012 pumper-truck was added to the LFD fleet of emergency vehicles this past summer, for which a borrowing bylaw was adopted to amortize payment over 15 years; the amount will be included in your taxes in 2013. The Municipality’s share for Sûreté du Québec services was $148,777 in 2012, an increase of $3,131 over 2011.

Hygiene & Environment:

The municipal water systems delivered good quality water throughout 2012. More than 186 households in Low took advantage of our regional septic waste treatment plant by having their systems pumped in 2012, an increase of 16 households. Blue recycle bins were also provided to all households in the Municipality; as a result, we‘re already seeing an increase in recycling and a decrease in waste poundage.

Planning & Development:

The declared value of permits issued to the end of October in 2012 is up from 2011 at $1,664,300, representing stable growth in the Municipality.

Recreation, Culture & Library:

Council continues to support volunteers in our numerous recreation clubs and sen-iors’ groups. The library continues to be successful with the addition of four new computers, a new layout, new hours and more activities.

Contracts:

As required by Law, a list of contracts awarded by the Municipal Corporation of Low is available for re-view in the municipal office during regular working hours.

2013 Budget

The 2013 budget will be presented at a special meeting planned for 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 13th 2012 at the Heritage Hall, 4C d’Amour Road, Low. The Council welcomes your presence at this meeting.

I would personally like to thank members of Council who contribute to managing our ongoing cost pressures and who are committed to moving our community forward; our staff for surpassing all expectations; our volunteers in the Arena Association, Lions Club, and social and recreation groups, without whose efforts this community would be much poorer and last but not least, our gratitude goes to our volunteer firefighter team who are always ready to protect us when the occasion demands it.

GIVEN AT LOW, Province of Quebec, this 5th day of November 2012.

Morris O’Connor
Mayor

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