Fund options considered

Some staff recommendations have been presented to Armstrong council

Some staff recommendations have been presented to Armstrong council on how to use the Strategic Community Investment Funds grant awarded the city by the province.

This year’s grant is for $332,233.

“We can use these funds for any project,” said Coun. Kelly Rowe.

In a report to council, Armstrong chief financial officer Terry Martens gave three suggestions for the funds.

The vast majority of the funds – $223,233 – would go to fire protection while $68,000 could be used for city planning and $41,000 could be set aside for two outside seasonal employees to do roadside landscape beautification.

“Subject to budget approval, those are the suggestions for uses of these funds,” said Martens.

In 2012, the city received $710,846.

A zoning bylaw rewrite, targeted at $25,000, was deferred in the final 2012 budget and, thus, not started. That money carries over into the city’s general revenue budget.

Another $170,846 was targeted for crime prevention, dog control, emergency program, bylaw enforcement and highway entrance beautification. However, only $133,649 of that was used in 2012. The remainder carries over to general revenue.

There was $325,000 earmarked for 2012 and future roads capital projects.

The entire amount was transferred to the roads and drainage reserve in 2012, as was planned. Funds were used from that reserve for 2012 roads capital projects (at a cost of $285,058). Additional funds will be used this year.