Barnston West news
Theresidents of Barnston West saw a small increase in their tax bill with the mill rate going from .53/$100, in 2014, to .55/$100. The increase was offset slightly by a decrease in the cost for household waste pick-up. “The increase didn’t have a big impact on the tax bill. My bill, for example, went up by only $20,” said Johnny Piszar, the mayor.
The small community doesn’t have any big projects lined up this year, however, it has begun working on a unique project called the Foret Temoin. The municipality would like to convert some of the forest land that it owns back to the forest’s natural state, as it was before the settlers arrived. “We would plant certain kinds of trees, like White Pine, and specific plants found in the forest undergrowth. It would also have an interpretation area and walking paths, but no four wheelers,” explained Mr. Piszar. The project is just in its initial stage and studies are being done by biologists. “The objective would be for people to come and learn what the natural forest was like.”