Armstrong adopts unanticipated projects

New capital projects cause budget reshuffling for City of Armstrong

Some new capital projects are in the works for the City of Armstrong.

Council gave three readings to a bylaw that will amend the 2012-16 financial plan.

“After the budget gets approved in the spring, there are always things that come up that weren’t approved but we proceed with them,” said Coun. John Trainor.

Chief financial officer Terry Martens says there are six changes that affect the 2012 and 2013 budgets, although some of the amendments were already approved by council this year.

A watermain replacement in the 3900 block of Wood Avenue ($12,900 budget impact for 2012) and an unfunded portion of an Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation federal grant application ($3,500) were approved in August.

Money for the watermain would come from the city’s water reserve, while the unfunded portion of the parks and rec grant would come from that function’s reserve.

Three other projects for 2012 and one for 2013 bring the budget impact total to $97,000. These projects have not been confirmed by council.

Funding for the centennial coordinator is $6,300 for both 2012 and 2013 (no net impact to budget). B.C. Hydro will chip in $7,500 towards planting of trees for its Tree Canada Project.

Pre-engineering for a watermain replacement in the 2000 block of Heather Avenue would cost $2,500 and come from the water reserve.

And there would be an $58,000 budget increase to the Heaton Place operating expenses. That money would come from rental revenue, reduction of snow hauling, salary reduction and cancelling a Hydro study.