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Updates from Town Hall

WASTE WATER

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

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BREAKFAST WITH THE MAYOR Wednesday, November 15 at the Cove Country Inn, 08:00 a.m.

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 pmueller@villageofwestport.ca 

Save the Date – Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 7:45 am

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….

Debrief of the “Westport – Let’s Talk Business” meeting – June 14

First, I would like to thank Mark DaSilva for facilitating the discussion at this meeting yesterday.  You did a great job!

There was a good cross section of business owners and residents who attended and several ideas were identified including recognition of store openings, milestones for years of being in business, mentoring for new business owners from seasoned ones, the importance of knowing enough about other businesses so that accurate referrals can be given to potential customers.  Also, lots of information sharing took place, which happens spontaneously when people get together.  The Economic Development and Tourism Committee will take some of the suggestions and put some meat on the bones and report back to this group, hopefully in July.

There were concerns raised about the changes to the minimum wage and the impact it may have on small businesses.  I informed the group that I have a resolution, being heard at the Village Committee of the Whole mtg on Monday afternoon and also at the United Counties Council mtg on June 22 , that challenges the Premier to (among other things) “to withdraw the proposed changes until such time they have done their due diligence by providing the residents and business owners of Ontario with a comprehensive economic impact analysis including mitigation measures in order to help businesses transition into any regulatory changes”.

Another topic that received a lot of discussion was the hours of business for the stores.  Two main concerns were identified – that most stores close at 5:00 p.m and the unannounced changes in store hours, particularly in the shoulder seasons.  Business owners who stay open on Fridays after 5:00 p.m. shared the successes they have experienced and staff from the Cove gave stories of guests checking in on Fridays and rushing to get to the stores before they close.

That being said, the group did land on the idea of “OPEN LATE.  ‘TIL 8” on Fridays during the summer and are encouraging other business owners to consider doing the same.  I am sure you will hear more about this from your colleagues.

We are hoping to get a guest speaker for our next meeting and when Paul Snider asked the group if we should hold off until fall, there was a strong push back that these early morning breakfast meetings can continue during the summer.  So stay tuned – we will plan for one in late July.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  273-9195