Council briefs: Jan. 8, 2019

By Observer Staff

Queens Daycare Association staying put

A public hearing regarding the sale of the former Mount Pleasant School to Queens Daycare Association (QDA) for $1 was held prior to the Jan. 8 council meeting. One person in the public gallery spoke in favour of the proposed purchase and sales agreement. No one spoke against it. This was the final hurdle QDA had to clear in order to stay in its current home. Paperwork will now be drawn up to execute the transfer of ownership.

Financial request from search and rescue group

Stephen Hopper of North Queens Ground Search and Rescue made a presentation to council which concluded with a request for $8,400 in operational funding for fiscal year 2019-20. The 20-member organization requires funding to keep its training certifications current and to maintain operational effectiveness. Hopper told council North Queens GSAR lacks storage facilities for its vehicles and motorized equipment. Other capital requirements include an upgraded transport vehicle, he said.

Application for funding

Council members agreed to apply for federal and provincial funding for a $4.5 million public works project. If received, funding would be used to stop untreated sewer discharge from entering Liverpool Harbour via William and Waterloo streets.

Budget meetings scheduled

Council agreed to a schedule for its 2019-20 budget deliberations. The meetings, which are open to the public, will be held in council chambers at 9 a.m. on Jan. 28 and Feb. 25. A third meeting will take place March 12 at 1:30 p.m. if required.