Report from city council

December 19, 2011 at 11:13 am (News, Politics) (, )

It’s been a busy couple of weeks at City Hall – so busy in fact, I apparently forgot to blog about it.

Deliberations on the 2012 budget began this month, with council approving a 2.96% increase in water/sewer rates. The steering committee met twice last week to hear and debate presentations by agencies looking for more than $600,000 in funding for next year. So far they’ve trimmed $50,000 from that amount, but no final decisions have been made. No future meetings have been scheduled either, which is okay with me; I think I’m still recovering from the seven hours I spent in council chambers last Tuesday.

At city council’s last regular meeting of the year on Dec. 12, they agreed to changes and fare hikes in the Cornwall Transit system, postponed a decision on e-bikes in the park as they wait for more input, argued for a meeting with MP Guy Lauzon on the customs relocation issue, demanded information from VIA Rail on suspected service cuts, and approved a drinking water financial plan.

They also approved an advertising policy that cuts off funding to websites that allow “offensive or inflammatory” commentary. May I suggest the column of my esteemed colleague Claude McIntosh on the topic.

Tonight, the planning advisory committee meets, with a new take on development fees on the agenda.

The counties have had some excitement over the last few days as well. North Stormont had to call in the OPP to investigate cash missing from township coffers, North Glengarry pled guilty to a couple of environmental charges, and a group in South Dundas is ramping up its opposition to a proposed wind farm.

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