Port Clements Council briefs

  • Jul. 28, 2015 4:00 p.m.

Cheque’s in the mail On June 23 the Village of Port Clements received a phone call from a woman inquiring about the validity of a cheque she had received from the municipality. However all the bank information was correct, including that it was signed by Port Clements mayor Ian Gould, but the village confirmed it was not one of their cheques. The next day the Village received another call from someone who was able to scan and send the Village a copy of the cheque along with a Kijiji ad they had responded to that resulted in the cheque coming to them. The RCMP and Credit Union were advised of the situation. The Village received several calls throughout the week from individuals and Banks that have been receiving the cheques. Both of the Village’s banks have seen the issue and have taken security measures to ensure these cheques do not actually get processed. The village has suffered no financial loss as result, only inconvenience. Tax breakIn 2014 the Village Council passed Bylaw No. 412 which to increase Water frontage taxes from $2.01 per square foot to $2.15. In May of this year the tax bills were printed and mailed, however it was realized soon after that a glitch in the accounting software had not accounted for the increase. Because of the cost to re-bill all residents, along with the resulting confusion and frustration it would cause as most residents have already paid their taxes, council decided to delay the increase until next year and accept the $2,541 in lost revenue. Another man’s treasureThe Port Clements Museum requested the Village Council donate a derelict grid roller that has been sitting across from the Lagoon on the Industrial Park Road. After some research to find out who actually owned the piece of equipment, it was learned to have originally belonged to MacMillan Bloedel and was gifted to the Village Office over a decade ago. Public works did not show any need or interest in keeping the grid roller for village use. The museum has been granted council approval for the donation and will be responsible for moving it to their site. A grid roller is a vehicle that compress newly-placed dirt and rock during forest road constructing and repairing.

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