Mulgrave draft budget predicts surplus

By Lois Ann Dort    

MULGRAVE – Last week Mulgrave town council was given an overview of the draft budget for 2016 - 2017 by the interim CAO. “The predictions we have are for a $99,000 surplus after March 31, 2017. In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016 it looks like there is a small surplus of $15 to $20,000. That’s not too bad,” said Mulgrave Mayor Lorne MacDonald. The budget will not be finalized for approval until the CAO meets with department heads to discuss the upcoming year.

Mulgrave is still waiting on the province to approve their Letter of Intent to dissolve and amalgamate with the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. Municipal leaders in both Mulgrave and Guysborough had anticipated that approval from the province would be quickly obtained but that has not been the case. Scheduled hearings with the UARB on the issue have been postponed. The timeline for the desired amalgamation date, October 1, 2016, is tight and such delays may not see the process complete before the next round of municipal elections.

In other business, the water treatment plant continues to move slowly towards commissioning. MacDonald said the cracks and leaks in the wet wells appear to be fixed and the company in charge of commissioning the plant has been asked to come to Mulgrave to oversee the switch over to the main water lines in town.

Last month the Strait Regional School Board made the decision to close Mulgrave Memorial Education Centre in June of 2018. The citizen group that fought to save the school will work to move that date further into the future. “We are taking a little break and then we’ll see what we can do to keep it beyond 2018,” said MacDonald. He stated that the community will try to changed the decision if possible.