Because the water system has to be self sufficient, the rates for water will see an increase in St. Marys in 2016. In a report to Council at the Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, Jed Kelly outlined the increases that will come into effect on the first water bill next year. For Tier 1 customers, which is residential, the increase will be $4.22 per month. Tier 2, which is small commercial, the increase will be $63.74 per month, while large industrial will see an increase of $223.49 per month. The increase covers both water and waste water rates. Kelly also informed Council that because of low water levels in recent times, the Town will need a new ‘reservoir” to store water. The choice was between a new water tower or a reservoir, with the reservoir being the preferred option by staff. The new reservoir would be completed in approx. 2-3 years after Government approvals are finalized.
Earlier this year the Town had a public survey asking for opinions on Cadzow Park. 379 responses were received. With this information, the Recreation Dept. hired a consultant to analyze the results and come up with different concepts to improve the park. These plans were presented to Council on Tuesday night by Stephanie Ische. The consultants came up with 4 different concepts and the plan was to have a public meeting in the new year. However, Council was split on whether to show all the plans to the public or select what they thought would be the best ones. Coun. Don Van Galen lead the opinion to show them all while Coun. Pope took the opposing view. In a recorded vote, the result was to show just two plans to the public, with both plans involving the pool being closed. In its place would be a splash pad which would have longer opening hours than the pool. Voting for the “2 concept idea” were Couns. Pope, Craigmile, Hainer and Mayor Al Strathdee, while Couns. Van Galen, Winter and Osborne voting for showing all the plans. The public meeting will likely be held in February and the pool would probably stay open for 2016.