Mayor con­sid­ers Old Per­li­can ‘lucky’

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@CB­N­com­pass.ca

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.”

Com­pass file photo

The Town of Old Per­li­can re­cently passed its bud­get for 2015. Coun­cil has al­lo­cated almost $1.9 mil­lion for spend­ing.

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