Mayor's Year-En Report 2013

Municipal Finances: The auditor’s report for the year ending 31 December 2012 showed a surplus of $110,000. From this surplus, Council reserved the amount of $40,000 for the gas tax in 2014, $20,346 for the cleaning of the library following the flood, $10, 000 for the rectory project (over two years) and the balance remains unreserved in anticipation of the budget 2014 exercise. Council approved a budget of $1,987,092 for 2013 (compared to $1,874, 252 in 2012).

Salaries: The Mayor’s salary was $7,908.28 in 2013, plus $100 per month for meetings; for councillors, it is $2,636.28 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. Some of the paving was made possible through a grant of $40,000 from Ms. Stéphanie Vallée, Gatineau riding’s representative in the National Assembly. The 2009-2013 Gas Tax Program provided the Municipality with the capacity to invest approximately $500,000 in municipal roads over four years, including the Municipality’s investment of $102,928. The work has now been completed. It is anticipated that the program will continue in 2014.

Administration: Employees received a salary increase in line with the Consumer Price Index increase for 2012.

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. In 2013, Council agreed to assist the Municipality of Denholm with fire emergencies; consequently the Low Fire Department has been assisting Denholm when necessary. The Municipality’s share for Sûreté du Québec services was $160,955 in 2013, an increase of $12,178 over 2012.

Environment: The municipal water systems delivered good quality water throughout 2013. More than 136 households in Low took advantage of our regional septic waste treatment plant by having their systems pumped in 2013.

Planning & Development: The declared value of permits issued to the end of October in 2013 is up from 2012 at $1,748,892, representing stable growth in the Municipality.

Recreation, Culture & Library: Council continues to support volunteers in our numerous recreation clubs and seniors’ groups. The library has moved into the old Caisse Populaire Desjardins location. A grant from the Caisse Populaire Desjardins has paid for added shelving. Though smaller, the library is now accessible, brighter and contains about 3000 volumes that rotate on a regular basis.

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

The 2014 budget will be presented at a special meeting planned for 7:00 p.m., Thursday December 19th at the Heritage Hall, 4C d’Amour Road, Low. Council welcomes your presence at this meeting.

I would personally like to thank members of Council who have and will contribute to managing our ongoing cost pressures and moving our community forward; our staff for their consistent support and professionalism; our volunteers in the Arena Association, Lions Club, the Low Cultural Association and social and recreation groups, without whose efforts this community would be much poorer; and particularly our volunteer firefighter team who are always ready to protect us when the occasion demands it.

GIVEN AT LOW, Province of Quebec, this 12th day of November 2013.

Morris O’Connor, Mayor

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