No major changes in Brigus budget
New garbage collection contract starts in 2015
Efforts to service the former Brigus Gullies area with water and sewer and routine maintenance are among the items the Town of Brigus will focus on for 2015.
Local council recently passed its budget for the New Year. The town has budgeted $762,520 in expendi- tures for 2015 — a total that is comparable to recent budgets passed by council, according to Mayor Byron Rodway.
“We’re in the $700,000 to $800,000 budget (range) for the last few years,” said the mayor. The 2015 budget figure is up marginally from 2014’s total of $754,164. The town’s mil rates remain unchanged.
“The property values in Brigus are very high, especially in the old portion of Brigus,” said Rodway, who estimates that more than a quarter of the 510 homes in the community belong to seasonal residents.
As of the end of November, there were 12 new housing starts in Brigus for 2014.
“I guess every year people build 12 or 15,” said the mayor. “We don’t have a lot of area for big subdivisions to open up. Out in the older portion of Brigus, there’s not a lot of land left for development — some, but not enough.”
The potential for further development in the Brigus Gullies area is real, but Rodway said that’s contingent on the establishment of water and sewer services plus other factors.
“It’s time to have it all serviced now, and we’re constantly applying for capital works funding,”
The mayor expects it may still take years to make that happen, but the town hopes to make small strides towards realizing that goal. Rodway said the town is in a good position financially and operated debt-free for two straight years.
Garbage collection changes
Among the changes in store for resident in 2015 is a new garbage collection service. The town awarded a three-year contract to Ridge G & P Services Ltd. for the weekly collection of garbage.
As a result of the new contract, garbage collection will now take place on Tuesday instead of Wednesday. Bulk garbage will also be collected every week instead of twice annually.
“Incredibly enough, we’ve been able to do this without passing along a tax increase of any sort to the residents,” said the mayor. “We’re pretty excited about that … It should be a better service.”
Curbside recycling will not be covered under the new collection arrangement. Rodway reckons that service will become a reality in Brigus at some point, noting too that sorted recyclables carry a reduced tipping fee compared to regular waste when brought to the Robin Hood Bay Waste Management Facility.
“I think most communities that are doing (curbside recycling) are very happy with it, but it’s not in our immediate plan.”
Rodway said the town is considering introducing new road signs. New playground equipment is already in the community and set to be installed this spring. Funds to improve the lighthouse walking trail were also set aside in the budget.
The Town of Brigus will operate in 2015 with a budget of $762,520.