Mayor's Corner

posted Jan 25, 2012, 5:27 PM by Rob White   [ updated Jan 25, 2012, 5:27 PM ]
The dry winter continues as does the construction in and near our town. This is great for the progress being made on Ruston Way which could open as soon as this spring, truly remarkable, given the scope of this project. Our sewer project also continues to push forward with good progress.  

We have issued the building permits necessary to complete most of the remaining work on The Commencement and look forward to the project being completed by this August/September.

In approving our 2012 Budget council decided to face a very difficult issue head on. The issue surrounds the Ruston school building and the cost of maintenance.  We had to transfer $40,000 into the school fund in 2011 and 2012 we have a $50,000 transfer budgeted. The transfer of funds is coming directly from our surplus fund and is unacceptable. Currently we have one tenant in the building and we are nowhere near covering our costs. Council is evaluating shuttering the building and selling the asset. This is an extremely difficult decision and one that will involve a number of public meetings so we can hear from everyone their thoughts on this issue. Given the amount of time and effort that Mary Joyce spent getting the school back and all the hard work our volunteers put into making the Mary Joyce Center what it is today makes this very difficult. The building has special meaning to many people and council would hope those of you that can attend the meetings come and have your voices heard. Watch the town website for dates and times.

Thanks for reading – your mayor – Bruce Hopkins