t the Limerick Township council meeting on Oct. 18, Victoria Tisdale, the clerk and treasurer, gave council the Community Emergency Management Coordinator report and her Treasurer’s report. After some discussion and queries from council pertaining to both reports that were answered by Tisdale, council voted to approve the CEMC and Treasurer’s reports.
Tisdale led off with her CEMC report, noting to council that the app for vaccine passports for businesses and for individuals had gone live that week, although a few councillors noted that they had tried getting it and hadn’t had much success so far.
The mock emergency event was also going ahead, as it had been cancelled last year due to COVID-19. The subject of this year’s event was, not surprisingly, COVID-19, and the day long event on Oct. 27 was being held in concert with Faraday, Carlow Mayo, Wollaston and Tudor and Cashel to complete this event and meet compliance for this year. They all met at Faraday Township.
Tisdale reported that the mandatory vaccination policies had gone out to all employees and volunteers. The rapid antigen tests for COVID-19, for any unvaccinated employees that had a legitimate excuse not to be vaccinated had arrived. Councillor Jan MacKillican asked if any had been administered yet, but Tisdale said not at that point, although she intended to do so once she got back to the office. Reporting is to be done on a weekly basis for any tests administered.
“It will be more paperwork for sure, but it looks relatively straightforward,” she says.
For her Treasurer’s report, Tisdale informed council that the current outstanding taxes collected at the time of the township’s final billing on June 9 was $1,119,663.85. By Oct. 7, a total of $778,361.07 in taxes were collected, leaving a total of $331,302.78 to be collected as of Oct. 7.
Next, Tisdale addressed the budgetary control from Jan. 1 to Oct. 31, 2021. The budgetary control is a financial term for managing income and expenditure, regularly comparing actual income or expenditure to planned income or expenditure to ascertain whether or not corrective action is needed.
Councillor Ingo Weise had a question about the roads benefits, item 16-3141. Tisdale replied that they had not been categorized properly, so they would be overbudget on administration and roads benefits this year.
“However, I just signed up with a new company and got a 43 per cent savings, so next year’s budget will be better,” she says.
Mayor Carl Stefanski had a question regarding items 16-3164 and 16-3186, roads patching/hardtop and line painting, respectively.
“In consideration to Hwy 620, which we have to address next year, the budget should be increased for these items and we should see if there are any grants available,” he says.
Another issue Stefanski had was about item 16-3175, limited service general, signage. He said he’d gotten a request from people on East Bay to have a sign put up saying that it was an unassumed road and to use at own risk. Les Rowley, the public works supervisor, told Stefanski and council that it was still a municipal road with limited maintenance, so he could put up a sign to that effect.
At that point, Stefanski thanked Tisdale and with no further queries or concerns, called a motion to accept the CEMC and Treasurer’s reports. Brought forth by MacKillican and seconded by Councillor Ingo Weise, council passed the motion to accept Tisdale’s reports.
Michael Riley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Bancroft Times