Monday, June 28, 2010

New Lighting for Arena

S-E-S Lighting & Energy Consultants has been awarded a 24 thousand dollar contract to replace the lighting at the Bridgewater Memorial Arena with high efficiency components. Town Council received eight proposals for the project ranging in cost up to 79 thousand. The budget for the work has been set at 31 thousand 390 dollars of which over 80 percent of the cost will be co-funded by other partners. The project is highly time sensitive because lighting upgrades must be completed before ice is installed in the arena during the week of August 16th.

Special Purpose Tax

Bridgewater businesses and property owners will be paying an equal commercial and residential tax rate of point 08 cents per 100 dollars of assessment to help pay the Town's share of the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre. Council voted 4 to 2 to implement option 1 of a special purpose tax to help fund the facility. Mayor Carroll Publicover says creating an unbalanced rate could create division. He says everybody has to dig in and support this project. Publicover says the business community has the capacity to deal with an increase, probably a little better than the residential side has to.
The Mayor had favoured implementing the special tax over a 20 year period. He says that a reasonable length of time to pay that capital investment off and then deal with the capital improvements from that point forward, and there will be capital reserves built into the operating of the facility. Council will determine the time frame at a later date before the special purpose tax is implemented next year.