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Lincoln council approves 2.15% budget hike

Mayor’s new Youth Advisory Council a key step in improving programming

By Mike Williscraft

Town of Lincoln has approved a 2.15 per cent budget increase for 2016.

At its meeting Monday night, council approved its budget which Mayor Sandra Easton says was developed using a three-year forecast.

“Council was able to match the always challenging choices to the Corporate Priorities and the work plan that was developed by our senior management team and endorsed by council,” said Easton.

“The CAO and his team are clear on these priorities expressed by the community and together we have agreed on the timelines to get the
important work done.”

Among its decisions, council considered capital investments and divided this category into two main areas: health and safety, as well as quality of life.

Regarding health and safety, Easton noted Campden’s fire station #2 will be completed
within the term of council with property acquisition and building design being the two
immediate priorities.

As well, $2.5 million will be invested in road rehabilitation.

“Completing our budget by the end of December allows Public Works to issue the request for proposals early in 2016 and take advantage of much improved pricing as well as group buying where it is available with other municipalities,” said Easton.

An emergency communication system is also a priority.

Front and centre on the quality of life end of things, for youth, is the construction of a skatepark.

“Lincoln youth showed leadership and commitment this past fall by beginning the long process of raising money,” noted Easton, who added interest in sponsorship of the site has already come to council.

Lions Park on Fly Road has also experienced growing pains as demand has skyrocketed, so council has included a plan for that site.

“Temporary washroom facilities will be put in place in summer 2016 while a more comprehensive plan is developed to build a fieldhouse to accommodate an improved canteen, work and storage area for soccer and ball volunteers and space for the Lion’s Club as well as permanent updated washrooms,” said Easton.

Design and engineering will continue for a “town-wide museum” located in Jordan.

Calling it a “cultural gateway” for Lincoln, Easton said it is council’s goal to complete the museum project within its current term.

Fundraising for the project will begin in 2016, with sponsorships as well as federal and provincial grant support key to the project’s success.

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