CCCA finances a “sigh of relief” for staff and board members

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Catfish Creek Conservation Authority (CCCA) staff and board members were pleased with the financial summary for October.

CCCA Finance Coordinator Susan Simmons reviewed the finance report during a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 12.

She noted the conservation area revenue was currently at $565,275.15, about $2,200 short of the budgeted amount.

“I think we all deserve a sigh of relief for making it through,” said Ms. Simmons. “When we started the year, we didn’t know what we were going to be looking at for revenue for the conservation area.”

CCCA recently launched a fundraiser to assist in the $80,000 replacement of the aging Springwater Conservation Area gatehouse and visitor centre.

Ms. Simmons said, including recent donations, the current total for donations was about $14,000.

“I’m really happy with that. $20,000 is our goal, and we’re getting kind of close to it,” she said. Recent donors, such as A1 Unique Installations and Ferguson RV World, are very passionate about Springwater, she added.

“I think that the situation that’s happening now with COVID-19, we’re doing an excellent job at Catfish Creek,” said CCCA chair Rick Cerna.

Total expenditures for CCCA were at $1,079,812.64, about $250,000 less than the annual overall budgeted amount. Board members had no questions regarding expenditures.

Veronica Reiner, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Aylmer Express