Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Bernie presided over yesterday's committee of the whole meeting, along with three runner's up in the Mayor-for-a-day contest.
It ended up costing the city about 2.5 million dollars once all the dust settled.
That included severance packages for former employees of the KPS as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.
The final payment of 55 thousand dollars was made last month, ending a long drawn out process.
The previous edition of council decided to disband the municipal police service and go with the OPP back in July of 2009.
Kenora city council has received a report which suggests that sewer and water rates should increase 10 percent a year for the next six years.
Mayor Dave Canfield says one way they might be able to reduce rates is to increase the number of customers on the system.
The report suggests the sewer and water system is seriouly underfunded and higher rates are needed to pay for upgrades to the infrastructure.
A pay equity plan has been completed which could affect five employees on the city payroll.
Its estimated that it will cost the city about 115 thousand dollars to implement the plan.
The pay equity review is retroactive to January 1st, 2009.
Councillor Louis Roussin says they knew there would be cost associated with the pay equity review, they just didn't know how much it would be when they drafted the 2011 budget.
Any pay adjustment could come from the City's contingency reserve fund.