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Isle aux Morts council increases mil rate, fights for LeGallais

Isle aux Morts Mayor Nelson Lillington spoke on behalf of town council at the school community meeting on Jan. 17.
Isle aux Morts Mayor Nelson Lillington spoke on behalf of town council at the school community meeting on Jan. 17. - John René Roy

Town council’s Dec. 11 meeting focused on its budget and the ongoing fight to keep LeGallais Memorial from closing. Here are the highlights.

Budget

Council voted to raise the mil rate from 8.4 mils to 8.6 mils. The minimum tax will increase to $475 from $460 for 2018. Water taxes will also climb from $300 to $324.

Capital works

A cost estimate for a municipal storage shed to store items for Ann Harvey Days and Come Home Year activities was deemed too high. The project was estimated in excess of $127,000 and council decided to drop it from its MCP project application for now.

Community center

Council has agreed to donate $1,000 to the community center to help with kitchen upgrades. Citing a possible conflict of interest because he is a member of the community center committee, Coun. Tom Herritt abstained from voting.

Waste management

Until Port aux Basques decides whether it will continue with garbage collection, waste management will remain status quo until at least June 2018.

Marine Drive

Upgrades to Marine Drive under the gas tax fund have been approved at a cost of $49,288.65. Council is still looking at costs associated with fabricating its own pavement maker, but will wait until another community has a machine in place to determine if such equipment is suitable and efficient for Isle aux Morts.

LeGallais Memorial

Council received notification of the school community meeting on Jan. 17. Mayor Nelson Lillington said he would be happy to present, but planned to contact the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) first to see if it wanted council to weigh in. Should the PTO agree, council agreed to finalize what exactly to present.

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