Steady Brook budget contains wish list for province

Gary Kean
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A new fire truck and a station large enough to house it are on Steady Brook’s capital works wish list for 2014, according to deputy mayor Mary Diamond.

STEADY BROOK  The residents of Steady Brook won’t see any hikes in their municipal taxes or fees this year and hope the province will come onside to help finance some of the major projects the town has envisioned.

Deputy Mayor Mary Diamond, who is chair of the town’s finance committee, brought down the balanced budget valued at around $750,000 last week.

The residential property tax rate will remain set at 5 mills, while the rate for commercial properties is unchanged at 12 mills. The water and sewer service fee stayed at $300 for residential properties and $600 for businesses.

The town has allocated money to continue developing its walking trail system, upgrading its playground area and rebuilding the dilapidated community composting station.

Steady Brook has also allocated its share of funding for some major projects that it hopes to cost-share with the provincial government. Those include construction of new sidewalk along a section of road deemed a safety concern, the purchase of a new fire truck and the building of a new facility that would contain both a fire hall and municipal maintenance depot.

If Steady Brook gets a new fire truck, it won’t fit in the current fire station in the lower level of the community hall.

“All the new fire trucks are longer and won’t fit in the station we have,” said Diamond. “We intend to have five bays in the new building, two for the fire department and three for our maintenance vehicles.”

The town’s maintenance personnel currently works out of the town council office, but has no capacity to hold its vehicle fleet. Any time work is required on those vehicles, they have to be taken to a garage, so the town hopes to be able to have a facility to house and repair those vehicles when needed.

The section of sidewalk that is needed will run along Marble Drive near the bridge at the entrance to town.

“A lot of our residents and people from out of town like to walk along there and we would like to make it safer for them,” said Diamond.

Steady Brook will be including those projects in its capital works proposal to be submitted to the Department of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs early in the new year.

The town already has a commitment from the provincial government for another capital works project after Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Steve Kent announced this past Friday that the province would cost-chare the $391,000 for a water improvement project in Steady Brook in the coming months.

Organizations: Department of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs

Geographic location: Steady Brook

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