The Village partnered with the Township of Wollaston-Coe Hill (Hastings County) earlier this year to participate in the First Impressions Community Exchange (FICE). FICE is a program that has participants visit the other community and record their impressions to offer the host community a new perspective on the strengths and weaknesses from an outsider’s perspective.
Business Owners – Please join Mayor Robin Jones to discuss the results of the FICE experience AND to provide feedback on the first year of having LeBoat in operation. The slides prepared by Coe Hill will be presented. If you have other topics you would like to discuss, please drop me a line at email@example.com.
Christmas will soon be here – so let’s meet and debrief the summer before we get caught up with the excitement that comes with December 25th and winter!
The Cove offers buffet breakfast for $10 pp @ 08:00. Our meeting will begin around 8:15. Hope to see you on October 18th.
Please join Mayor Robin Jones and members of council to discuss updates from businesses on preparations for Le Boat in May (prizes available for two best plans!), information on new Heritage Walking Tour and consultation on possible fees for parking in the downtown retail area. And whatever else you have on your mind!
Please join us. Spring is around the corner – so let’s meet before we all get caught up with the excitement that comes with May 24 and beyond!
The Cove offers buffet breakfast for $10 pp @ 08:00. Our meeting will begin around 8:15. Hope to see you on February 28th.
The work should be wrapping up soon at the waste water site. Pressure testing of the new system is expected to be completed later this week. After that successful test, the next step includes a 14 day testing period of continuous operations. If there are any major operational reasons to stop this cycle, a new 14 day testing period begins once the issue that prompted the interruption is corrected. A successful continuous 14-day period is required before “substantial performance” can be declared by the Engineering consultant.
2018 BUDGET – Village and United Counties of Leeds & Grenville
Council has held two meetings to develop the 2018 budget. As you will recall, 2017 had some unplanned incidents – i.e. the force main water break on Rideau St and the water pipe breaks on Concession St and Spring St. These and other unexpected 2017 costs must be rationalized in the 2018 budget. Our tax base is very small and that reality hits home when you consider that a 1% increase in the tax rate only increases revenue by $8000. On Feb 8, at the last budget meeting, Council asked the Treasurer to review the draft budget with a view of reducing both the general and capital budgets. This revised draft budget is on the Agenda for the Committee of the Whole meeting on February 20. The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville (UCLG) and the Board of Education have yet to inform the Village what their budgets are for 2018.
UCLG will approve its budget by mid-March and there are two projects included for Westport. The first is a major refurb of the Main St Bridge (Fish Hatchery Bridge) in 2018. The project will include a paved shoulder on the bridge, providing a safe route for pedestrians, particularly in winter. I understand that the plan is to keep a portion of the bridge open during construction. The Counties’ 2018 capital budget also includes a study of County Rd #10 from the Main St Bridge to Grady St (the top of the hill). UCLG has made the commitment to consult with the Village and Rideau Lakes Township, as part of the study, on other concerns regarding this road including considerations for alternate routes for heavy trucks. I will keep you informed on both projects.
Breakfast with the Mayor
The next Breakfast with the Mayor will occur on Wednesday, February 28 at 08:00 a.m. at the Cove Country Inn. We will have time to discuss several topics, including business preparations for Le Boat (expect the first Le Boat to arrive in the Harbour by the end of May), parking issues in the downtown and the new Heritage Walking Tour. The Cove offers a buffet breakfast at 08:00 ($10 pp). Meeting discussion begins around 08:30. Pls consider joining us and offering your thoughts.
Please call if you have any questions. 9195
The Village has arranged for a panel of excellent speakers to discuss the importance of Succession / Business Owner Planning at the next Breakfast with the Mayor. Whether you are thinking of retiring, selling your business or passing it to your children, there will be important information at this seminar for every Westport Business Owner.
Hope you can join us. Wednesday, November 15 @ 8:00 a.m. @ the Cove Country Inn. Breakfast is available at 08:00 for $10/pp.
Please RSVP by November 13 to firstname.lastname@example.org
The topic for the next BREAKFAST WITH THE MAYOR is:
The importance of Succession / Business Owner Planning: From growth to sudden/planned transition. We have two or three speakers – including financial planner, accountant and lawyer – who will speak directly to the business owners about planning for your financial future. Whether it is passing your business to your children, selling it to others or just closing the doors – there are many things that you should be thinking about now.
Everyone is invited. We have tailored the presentation for business owners.
More information to follow….