On Thursday, 28 November, the Community Services Division made their requests to council for their 2020 budget – but before they started, Sheila McCoy, President of the Cobourg Art Club, asked that the Division focus more on Arts and Culture. Sheila made the case that they pay little attention to Arts and Culture and this is supported by the job title and description of their planned new hire. The title “Manager of Recreation and Culture” emphasizes Recreation over Arts and Culture and the job qualifications barely mention Culture or Arts. See the links below for Sheila’s presentation and info on the new Manager position.
Community Services Director Dean Hustwick asked for a net increase of $643K or 8.6% over 2019’s budget. From the details he provided, it’s difficult to see where reductions can be made to bring it back to 1.9% – although maybe he’s hoping for corresponding reductions in other divisions.
Community Services Overview
- Salaries and Benefits are 57% of the Division’s costs and they just went up 5%.
- The Facilities are aging.
- There are more Parks (now 33 although 46 are listed here).
- There is more demand for Facilities and Services.
- Some responsibilities have been transferred from Works.
- Marina Manager, Paul Gauthier will be retiring effective November 29 (no word on his replacement)
- With the Memorial Arena closed, there is some loss of revenue.
- There has been additional cost because of the higher Lake levels.
- The requested 2020 budget is an increase of $493K or 7% with the total expenses budget being $7.5M [The 2019 budget can be downloaded here – it shows $6.5M so maybe $500K responsibility was transferred in from Works].
- Revenue is expected to be down by $150K or 5%.
- The Net increase in the budget will then be $643K.
Highlights of Operating Budget Request (My choices – See Link below for more detail)
- Concert Hall Expenses $375K, 4.3% increase; Revenue (largest item $60K bar receipts) $181K, 8.5% increase.
- Special Events $396K, 36% increase. Includes Sandcastle festival $25K, Christmas Magic $75K (up from $20K), Canada Day $27K & unnamed special event $25K. Also Community Events: Garbage removal $16K, Transportation $7K, Port-a-Potties $7.5K. Special events expect recoveries (revenues) of $83K from grants, sponsors and fees – up from $67K.
- Marina Revenues and expenses $707K. Revenue down from $760K – primarily due to fewer transients expected at $100K compared to $145K 2019 budget. This is in line with 2019 actual. Expenses lower due to less transferred to reserves.
- Dredger – due to less expected revenue, expense requested $63K compared to zero in 2019 budget.
- Campground – Net to Town $71K revenue compared to $146K revenue in 2019 budget. Difference primarily due to $50K transferred to reserves and $25K online management software cost.
- Cobourg Community Centre – Revenue expected up 3% at 1.39M and expenses up 14% at $2.66M primarily due to higher payroll and benefits – other costs were flat. Net is $1.27M, up from $985K. So taxes will be paying 48% of CCC costs, up from 42%.
- Tourism – Net expense at $245K – up 15% primarily due to higher salaries and benefits.
Highlights of Capital Budget Request (My choices – See Link below for more detail)
- Portable Toilets planned for Peak Season in Victoria Park – $30K
- Replacing 16 butterfly wings around fountain/rink – $10K
- Install two new water bottle filling stations in community parks each year for the next three years – $24K per year
- Adult Fitness Park – $25K towards $90K estimate
- East Pier – $275K in 2020 for design, engineering and consultation and in 2021 Construction costs have been estimated at $792,000 for repairs and approximately $1.34M for enhancements for a total of $2.132M. (Per option 4 here)
- Campground upgrades – $127K in 2020 for design, engineering and consultation. And in 2021 construction costs of $750K and approx. $500K for buildings in 2022.
- Marina Wi-Fi upgrade – $25K
- Cooey Park – $40K
- Security gates for Marina – people sleeping on boats – $60K
- North and East Seawalls – $200K in 2020 for north seawall; In 2021 Engineering of east breakwater – $140K & Construction north seawall – $2.5M; in 2022 – Engineering for west breakwater – $100K & Construction east breakwater – $1.75M
- Harbour Electrical System upgrade – $310K in 2020 to upgrade electrical service to harbour and raise Marina junction boxes and replace feeders/panels/transformers; $31K in 2021 – Upgrade power receptacles for G Dock to 50A; $100K in 2022 – Replace power pedestals for C & D Docks.
- CCC Landscaping – $100K
- Tourist Photo Display (as done in Toronto and Kingston – except smaller, simpler and cheaper) – $20K
- Presentation by Sheila McCoy
- Job posting for Manager of Recreation and Culture
- Community Services Presentation
- Community Services Budget sheets – sheet with overall total not included.
- All Division Budgets available here