Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity to make a difference in Wolfville? This is a Great Opportunity to be involved!
Why not think about serving as a member of one of the Committees of Council. The following Committees of Council will be needing volunteers by end-March 2017:
Further details regarding each of the above Committees of Council may be found at each of the following website links:
The Town of Wolfville is searching for our 2017 Apple Blossom Festival Leadership Candidate. Submit your application today!
Beginning at 9:00 AM Wednesday, February 15, 2017 and continuing to approximately 4:00 PM, there will be a scheduled water interruption affecting the residents on Gaspereau Avenue (from Fowler Street to Pleasant Street), also affecting residents of Fowler Street and Iona Road.
The interruption is necessaryto repair a watermain break.
Residents are advised to stockpile the necessary water needed during the interruption prior to 8:00 AM Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
Full details may be viewed on the Notice to Residents (click link)
Along with the Town of Wolfville Parking Ban, here is another reminder.
The Town is not responsible for Compost Bins overturned or damaged during routine snow clearing.
Take care where you leave your compost bins. Store it well off the road and shoulders most of the time.
On compost pick-up days, be sure to allow enough room for the snow plow to pass. A truck with a front plow and a side wing can be 10 feet across
Employment Opportunity: Accountant (Click Link for Information about this Job Opportunity)
Summer Employment, Parks Department
The Town of Wolfville is inviting applications for two (2) summer positions with the Parks Department. Applicants should be highly motivated, have a sincere desire to learn, and work well within a team environment. Experience and/or training in horticulture would be considered an asset.
The 2017 work season is for 16 weeks, beginning early May.
Applications close February 24th, 2017 at 4:00 pm.
All applicants are thanked for their interest, however, only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.
For more information on the Town of Wolfville visit our website at www.wolfville.ca
The Community Partnership Program Grant is available to community groups that organize or operate programs/events in the Town of Wolfville. It aims to enhance the vibrancy of our Town by supporting organizations whose programs and/or events benefit the community by promoting active living and exploration of the past to enrich the lives of community members.
Applications must be received by March 31st, 2017. Late applications will be disqualified. The maximum amount available through this program is $2000.00per fiscal year.
To view the application form click here .
The Town’s Budget Process is underway! As per the Town’s Standard Operating Procedure adopted in 2015, the first Council meeting to discuss the next fiscal budget begins at the regularly scheduled November Committee of the Whole (COW).
The 2017/18 Budget process began on November 1, 2016 with a goal of approving a balanced budget on March 21, 2017 at the regularly scheduled Town Council meeting.
Use the menu below to navigate each meeting to view agenda packages, presentations and key changes. November 1, 2016, Committee of the Whole.
The following information was presented for discussion:
As noted for assessments, provincial CAPPED Assessment Program tied to October over October comparison (expected to = 1.4%). Average COLA to end of September = 1.3%
Capital Budget Information
The first draft of the CIP included the following projects in Year 1 (201718):
Not included in the list above is general equipment/upgrades and engineering costs that are consistent year over year. You can view the complete draft CIP in the agenda package from November 1, 2016. (see link below)
No formal motion is made at this stage. Rather staff is seeking consensus from members of Council on overall budget goals as they move towards the 1st Draft Version 2017/18 Operating and Capital Budgets (Town and Water Utility)
Staff updated Council on changes to the draft 10-Year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) based on discussions that took place at the November 1 COW and new information that has been presented to Council regarding future capacity of the Sewer Treatment Plant. The following information points were discussed:
As with November 1, no formal motion is made at this stage. Staff is continuing to seek consensus from Council.
The Special COW in January is the first time the draft Operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year is presented to Council. Below is a highlight of information presented:
Impact on taxpayer if the rate is left unchanged:
All ratepayers (residential & commercial)
Operating Expenditures up $247,400 overall and include:
Items not yet included in the first draft:
No formal motion is made at this stage. Staff is continuing to seek consensus from Council.
Based on the direction from Council at the January 24th COW and adjusted budget estimates, the budget shortfall has gone from $102,300 down to $22,600. As staff continues to review their budget estimates, there may be room to get closer to break even without substantial decision points. This becomes less likely if decisions are made to add further expenditures to the budget.
Changes made to reduce the shortfall include:
Recap of other budget notes/highlights:
NOT Included in V2:
In terms of the Capital Budget, it has remained essentially unchanged with the exception of the street lights proposed at Main/Gaspereau. Council direction coming out of January Special COW was to see what funding impact would occur by moving the project tentatively to Year 2. This change is now reflected in the draft CIP. The management team discussed this change after COW, and a couple of issues were identified that would speak to the lights fitting better in Year 3 vs. Year 2.
The Water Utility Budget has been included in this draft. As discussed in past years, this budget has few, if any, decision points for COW/Council. The Capital Budget format has been changed to be more consistent with the format used by the Town Capital Fund, and to fit more closely with the requirements of the UARB template. The key needed at this stage continues to be a Rate Study review that takes into consideration the impacts on the Water Utility of water consumption trends and future capital requirements.
No formal motion is made at this stage. Staff continues to seek direction to reach a balanced budget.
*Minutes are approved at the next Committee of the Whole meeting
(Information should be updated by March 10th)
We strive to have agenda packages for Committee of the Whole and Town Council meetings available to the public by the end of day Thursday prior to the meeting. Check here for the agenda package for this meeting.
The Town of Wolfville is looking for Nominations for our 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Awards! Fill out this form and return by Monday, February 6th to nominate a wonderful volunteer from Wolfville to represent the Town at the Provincial Volunteer Appreciation Awards.
Mayor Jeff Cantwell has Proclaimed February 2017 as African Heritage Month in the Town of Wolfville
View the Proclamation on the Town of Wolfville's Proclamation Webpage