Mayor considers Old Perlican ‘lucky’
A summer program for youth will survive for another year thanks to a recently passed municipal budget.
Last year, Old Perlican introduced a summer program for youth that Service Canada funded. Given its success — peak enrollment hovered around 130 — the town has decided to cover its cost for 2015.
“This year we have to fund it ourselves,” said Mayor Bruce Button, who was first elected mayor in 2013 after previously serving as a councillor in the community.
“Based on the response we had this past summer, and not just from the kids but the parents as well, we figured it’d be in everybody’s best interest to carry it forward to this year.”
The town anticipates it will spend close to $1.9 million in 2015. Mil rates will remain the same.
“We’re pretty self-sufficient when it comes to funding,” said Button.
For capital projects in 2015, Old Perlican has applied for a grant to potentially pave an area known locally as Long’s Hill. According to the mayor, some have already inquired about building in that area.
“We’re hoping to get some properties, some Crown lands up there, to open up a subdivision,” said Button. “Of course, the hill needs to be paved, but we’re wait- ing to do this in steps. Why pave the hill and then tear it up to put in water and sewer?”
The town also hopes to upgrade its booster pump, which is presently higher than the main trunk of the town’s water line.
According to 2011 census data, Old Perlican has a population of 661. The Quinlan Brothers fish plant employs a lot of people locally, and the community also has a grocery store, high school and the A.A. Wilkinson Memorial Health Centre.
“We’re one of the lucky communities, really,” said Button. “The downturn in the fishery, it’s fair to say it affected the community, but then the upturn in crab and shrimp and where we have the two processing facilities here — we’re one of the lucky ones, really.”
The Town of Old Perlican recently passed its budget for 2015. Council has allocated almost $1.9 million for spending.