End of Year Staff Reports

At the Committee of the Whole (CoW) meeting on 26 September, three major reports on Staff actions will be presented as well as five reports on Policies and other actions.  Reports on these by Cobourg News blog will follow in the coming days but advance notice on some key items seems called for.  The reports are listed below and it must be said that it’s good that Staff, led by CAO Tracey Vaughan, are providing these updates to Council and the public. Some things that are happening and highlighted by these reports (notably the Service Delivery Report) are:  Reduced spending on Tourism, $1M per year increase in Parking Revenue, the new Asset Management plan and review which will point to higher costs than currently budgeted.

Tracey has promised these reports regularly although since this is the last CoW meeting before a new term, Council is not expected to actually do anything as a result of the reports.  These are mostly just status reports with no Council actions requested or required.

Notable Information from Reports

  • Although it was mentioned when approved, parking revenue will increase by $1M per year and this will be assigned to resolving parking concerns when owners of existing parking lots proceed with their development plans.  That is, the $1M will be put into reserve funds for future parking infrastructure.
  • The Review of Storm Water assets (pipes, pumps etc) showed that $1.6M per year is required while only $400K is budgeted.  At the same time as the budget is increased, collection of the cost will be added to water bills instead of taken from general taxation.  This approach was approved in June 2022 and effective July 2022 but will hit business more than residential properties (see link in Resources). However, asset management will also be implemented for “parks, buildings, facilities, fleet, IT equipment, parking infrastructure, streetlights, traffic lights, etc”.  This is scheduled for completion by 2025 and could uncover more deficiencies.  Asset management is mandated by the Province and means that Town Staff and Councils will be made aware of how much future maintenance will cost so there will hopefully enough money put into reserves to pay for this.
  • KPMG reported that the Town was under-staffed – although it was described in terms of “staffing levels”.  This means that for service levels to be as Staff believe citizens want, 11 more staff are to be hired by 2024 – many have already been hired.

List of Reports at 26 Sept CoW

  1. Service Delivery Report by CAO – Quarterly Review
  2. 2022 Organizational Review Update Report by CAO
  3. 2022 Strategic Plan Report by CAO
  4. Non-Union Compensation – Salary Structure – by HR Manager
  5. Volunteer Management Policy – Update by HR Manager and Director, Community Services
  6. Electronic Monitoring of Employees Policy by Grant and Policy Writer
  7. Flag Raising and Proclamation Policy by Grant and Policy Writer
  8. 2022 Grant Update by Grant and Policy Writer

There are also a large number of other matters before Council at this CoW.  The next News Blog report will be about a delay in Harbour repairs. Later I will provide more details on some of the above reports. Stay tuned.

Resources

Parking Reports

Reports on Storm Water change

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cornbread
21 September 2022 8:27 am

With inflation for most at about 10%,, Cobourg needing more staff, water rates going up as well as natural gas & electricity, we had better delay the “Harbour Plans” for another year or two. Not having a show piece has not hurt our summer revenue picture.

Frenchy
Reply to  cornbread
21 September 2022 8:52 am

Delay might mean collapse of the east pier and/or more expensive repairs down the road.

cornbread
Reply to  Frenchy
21 September 2022 10:29 am

A large rockpile would still protect the harbour…let the Feds make repairs to what they need for their operation.

Bryan
Reply to  cornbread
21 September 2022 10:38 am

Cornbread,

That’s why the Feds sold the harbour to Cobourg for a buck. They also paid the Town $400K as payment in lieu of repairs.
A harbinger of what was to come.
Nobody seems to know what the $400K was spent on.

Last edited 9 days ago by Bryan
cornbread
Reply to  Bryan
21 September 2022 4:02 pm

Give it back for 50 cents. The feds round off numbers bigger than $400k. Cobourg can’t afford a nice “dock” right now. Most of the town is on market driven pensions except for the mayor and a couple of councilors with good guaranteed benefit pensions plus their council & board pay.

ben
Reply to  cornbread
21 September 2022 4:23 pm

Who would accept it surely not your new pal PP, even if he gets anywhere near the PMO

Last edited 9 days ago by ben