The Public Works Department maintains 27 km of roads and 5 km of sidewalks for the Corporation. The Public Works Department also maintains four downtown Municipal parking lots, Recreation Centre driveways and lots, our Church lots, and various other Municipal locations.
Until 1995, the Minister of Transportation provided conditional subsidies for road maintenance, road reconstruction, and for the purchase of road building equipment at rates of 50% to 80% of the total cost. Our last conditional road subsidy was in 1995. Local taxes are now the only revenue source for local road maintenance.
One very severe storm can now cripple a Municipal budget that is not supported with reserve funding. Several years of neglect may allow a road to deteriorate from a $40,000.00 repair project to a $400,000.00 reconstruction project. Machinery and equipment have to be replaced at the end of their effective life.
The Corporation needs to counter attack this loss of subsidy funding with disciplined long range planning and budgeting. Reserves and reserve funds must be supported at appropriate levels to carry out capital projects and replace equipment.