Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Clarenville's Budget 2015

Clarenville’s Budget 2015

Chair of Finance, Councilor Heber Smith rose in Council’s December 16th meeting as presented Clarenville’s proposed budget for 2015.    The balanced budget laid out plans for the projected collection and expenditure of $9,757,074 in 2015.  Budgets are easy in times of growth because as the tax base grows, so do tax revenues.  Such is not so much the case in Clarenville this year.  Growth has slowed and revenue growth has not been able to keep up with the demands of operating the town.

Planned Investments in 2015

  • A further $1million in Road Improvement – in addition to the $700,000 spent in 2014
  • Road and water/sewer redevelopment of Adam’s Place, Blundon Drive, Warricks Road, Park/Viking Streets, and the east entrance to Clarenville on Memorial Drive  
  •  New firefighting and communications equipment for the Clarenville Fire Department
  •  Increased honorariums for the volunteer fire department
  •  New front-end Loader and additional plow operator position
  •  New Sidewalk Snowblower
  •  New in-town directional signage
  •  Increased investment in summer tourism planning and development
  •  Playground equipment and enhancement
  •  Emergency backup generator for water booster station
  •  Geographic information system to better manage and maintain assets, land use and development
  • Design work for a planned expansion of the Shoal Harbour River Water Treatment Plant

Where Clarenville plans to get its money and use its money (in Thousands)
Revenue
2015
2015
2014
2014
2013
2013
Residential Property Tax
  3,040.00
31%
   2,870.00
30%
   2,680.00
30%
Commercial Property Tax
     920.00
9%
      870.00
9%
      840.00
9%
Business tax
  1,880.00
19%
   1,823.00
19%
   1,780.00
20%
Water and Sewer
  1,635.00
17%
   1,582.00
17%
   1,540.00
17%
Contribution to Debt Servicing
     876.80
9%
      876.80
9%
      877.00
10%
Other Revenue
     154.40
2%
      191.50
2%
      196.00
2%
Recreation Revenue
     506.50
5%
      507.50
5%
      498.00
6%
Poll Tax revenue
     260.00
3%
      273.00
3%
      260.00
3%
Gas Tax Revenue (Federal)
     251.20
3%
      226.24
2%
      226.00
2%
Operating Grant (Provincial )
     233.20
2%
      233.26
2%
      145.00
2%
Total Planned Revenue
  9,757.10

   9,453.30

   9,042.00

Year-over-Year Increase
3%
5%
Expenditures
2015
2015
2014
2014
2013
2013
General Administration
  1,291.00
13%
   1,350.00
14%
   1,176.00
13%
Fire and Protective Services
     314.30
3%
      296.70
3%
      277.00
3%
Transportation Services
  2,300.50
24%
   2,108.00
22%
   1,953.00
22%
Environmental Health
  1,285.80
13%
   1,234.30
13%
   1,200.00
13%
Planning and Development
     178.10
2%
      145.10
2%
      148.40
2%
Recreation & Cultural Services
  1,007.20
10%
   1,094.80
12%
   1,014.00
11%
Fiscal Services
  3,380.20
35%
   3,224.24
34%
   3,272.60
36%
Total Planned Spending
  9,757.10

   9,453.14

   9,041.00

Year-over-Year Increase
3%
5%



The 2015 budget represents just over a 3% increase from last year and points to slowing growth in the Clarenville economy.   Housing starts are the biggest single contributor to taxes and tax growth in our town and that growth has slowed significantly in 2014 with the total value of residential construction dropping from $21 million in 2013 to just over $9.5 million in 2014.   






New Revenue

To address the increase in expenditures, revenue needs to go up.   This is being accomplished with a relatively small 0.25 mil increase to both residential and commercial property tax.  

Example Taxes for a typical $200,000 property 

Residential Tax
Assume a 200,000 property
2014 tax @ 6.5 mil
 $                    1,300.00
tax assessed
2015 tax @ 6.75 mil
 $                    1,350.00
tax assessed

Moving Forward

Moving into 2015, the Town will be continuing its review of spending through its departments.   




Sunday, December 7, 2014

Video: 2014 Lion's Clarenville Santa Claus Parade


With clear blue skies the annual  Lion's Clarenville Santa Claus Parade took to the streets of Clarenville again this year.  Once again, hundreds came out to see an every growing number of floats by local organizations and businesses.

Santa was a hit!

Congratulations to all involved, and thanks to the Clarenville Lion's Club for organizing the event and the Triple Bay Eagles for helping to ensure people's safety.



Find pictures of this year's parade by clicking HERE

See previous year's parades by clicking HERE

Saturday, November 22, 2014

BE A PART OF THE 2014 LION's SANTA CLAUS PARADE!


There are several Christmas traditions in Clarenville and the annual Clarenville Lion's Santa Claus Parade is right at the top.     

If you're new to Clarenville, a lifelong resident, or a kid or a kid at heart,  you should never miss out on the opportunity to take part in the annual Lion's Santa Claus Parade. This year's parade will be held on Saturday Dec. 6th. 2014. 

Through the dedicated efforts of many volunteers in the Lions Club and participating organizations the parade creates a new set of memories each year.  

BE A PART OF THE PARADE!

You have a couple of weeks to think about how you can be a part of the parade, build a float, or be a Mummer in it - try it.  (Details below)

  

I've included some notable parades from years past below as well.  

The 2013 Edition




The 2012 Edition

  The 2011 Edition


The 2010 Edition


The 2009 Edition



The 2002 Edition


The 2001 Edition

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Clarenville: 2015








Full list of wreats laid at Clarenville's 2014 Remembrance Day ceremony

ON BEHALF OF:                 HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN
PLACED BY:                        Comrade Judge Randolph Whiffen
ASSISTED BY:                     Legionnaire of the Year, Comrade Randy Goodyear
ON BEHALF OF:                 THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT
PLACED BY:                        The Honorable Senator David Wells
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT for Random, Burin, St Georges Honorable Judy Foote
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
ON BEHALF OF:                 THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT
Honorable Ross Wiseman, MHA Trinity North and Speaker of the House of Assembly
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
ON BEHALF OF:                 THE TOWN OF CLARENVLILLE
PLACED BY:                        Deputy Mayor Ashling Avery
ASSISTED BY:                     Councilor David Harris
ON BEHALF OF:                 THE CANADIAN FORCES
PLACED BY:                        Warrant Officer Retired Calvin Vatcher
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
­ON BEHALF OF:                 THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE
PLACED BY:                        Superintendent Jaime Zettler
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
ON BEHALF OF:                 THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, BRANCH 27
PLACED BY:                        President David Gullage
ASSISTED BY:                     2nd Vice President Comrade Wesley Stringer

ON BEHALF OF:                 ROYAL CANADIAN AIR CADETS, 567 RANDOM SQUADRON
PLACED BY:                        Cadet Corporal Butt
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
ON BEHALF OF:                 THE CANADIAN RANGERS
PLACED BY:                        Sergeant Garfield Marsh
ASSISTED BY:                     Master Corporal Morgan Ellis
ON BEHALF OF:                 MERCHANT MARINE SEAMEN LOST DURING WW2
PLACED BY:                        Berit Pittman, Camp Norway Foundation
ASSISTED BY:                     Comrade Victor Pittman
ON BEHALF OF:                 CLARENVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT
PLACED BY:                        Dexter Holloway
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
ON BEHALF OF:                 NEWFOUNDLAND LABRADOR CORRECTIONAL CENTRE FOR WOMEN
PLACED BY:                        Lieutenant Elywin Burke
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
IN MEMORY OF:               Eloil baker, royal navy, ww1
PLACED BY:                        Stan Dalton
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
IN MEMORY OF:               SAMUEL BUTT, ROYAL NEWFOUNDLAND REGIMENT, WW1; RALPH CURRIE, OVERSEAS FORESTRY UNIT WW2, AND ALLEN CURRIE, OVERSEAS FORESTRY UNIT WW2
PLACED BY:                        Alma Butt
ASSISTED BY:                     Paul Butt

IN MEMORY OF:               Ordinary Seaman Walter George Critch, Royal Navy WW1, James Critch, OVERSEAS FORESTRY UNIT WW2, Kenneth Loder, OVERSEAS FORESTRY UNIT WW2, and Per njolstad, Norwegian air force, ww2
PLACED BY:                        Wanda Njolstad
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
IN MEMORY OF:               PRIVATE HARRY DUFFITT, ROYAL NFLD REGIMENT WW1, AND
                                             PRIVATE EDWARD DUFFITT, ROYAL NFLD REGIMENT WW1                         
PLACED BY:                        Peter Duffitt
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
IN MEMORY OF:               George f. greening, ROYAL NFLD REGIMENT WW1 and CORPORAL GARY GREENING, PRINCESS PATRICIA LIGHT INFANTRY REGIMENT

PLACED BY:                        Tim Greening
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
IN MEMORY OF:               SERGEANT HUGH MURDOCK, ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS – KILLED IN ACTION IN GALLIPOLI WW1,          PRIVATE MAXWELL HORTON, WW1 SERGEANT MAJOR HAROLD PRESTON, ROYAL CANADIAN ARMY WW2,                                             COMRADE JOHN PRESTON, KOREAN VETERAN,                                     SERGEANT HERBERT STRONG, ROYAL FLD REGIMENT WW1, AND RAYMOND TILLEY, OVERSEA FORESTRY UNIT WW2.
PLACED BY:                        Linda Strong
ASSISTED BY:                     Jennifer, Ryan and Sara Smith

IN MEMORY OF:               WILLIAM NOSEWORTHY, ROYAL NFLD REGIMENT WW1               
PLACED BY:                        Bond Noseworthy
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
IN MEMORY OF:               william pittman, royal nfld Regiment, ww1                       
PLACED BY:                        Carol Hall
ASSISTED BY:                     Comrade Victor Pittman
IN MEMORY OF:               LAWRENCE POOLE, ROYAL NAVY, WW1               
PLACED BY:                        Matthew Wiseman
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
IN MEMORY OF:               GEORGE SMITH, WW1  
PLACED BY:                        Comrade Warrick Smith
ASSISTED BY:                     Peggy Smith
IN MEMORY OF:               WILLIAM SMITH, ROYAL NAVY, WW1                   
PLACED BY:                        Comrade Eugene Smith
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
IN MEMORY OF:               PRIVATE ARTHUR STRONG, CAPE BRETON HIGHLANDERS WW1, ERIC BUTLER, OVERSEA FORESTRY UNIT, WW2 AND RIVATE KENNETH DRISCOLE, ROYAL NFLD REGIMENT
PLACED BY:                        Ralph Duffitt      
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
IN MEMORY OF:               PRIVATE BERNARD PIERCE, ROYAL NFLD REGIMMENT WW1, AND  COMRADE KATHLEEN BAILEY, ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE       

PLACED BY:                        Comrade Denice Harris
ASSISTED BY:                     Comrade Dave Bailey
IN MEMORY OF:               PRIVATE FRED ABBOTT, AND
                                             PRIVATE JOHN KEATS                   
PLACED BY:                        Paul Abbott
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
IN MEMORY OF:               ALEXANDER BAIRD, KILLED IN ACTION – MERCHANT NAVY WW2                            
PLACED BY:                        Donna Baird
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
IN MEMORY OF:               Gunner Thomas Benson, Royal Naval Reserve , WW2       
PLACED BY:                        Austin Benson
ASSISTED BY:                     Eldon Benson
IN MEMORY OF:               Gunner Clarence DaLTON, 166th  Royal NFLD REGIMENT, WW2                       
PLACED BY:                        Molly Dalton
ASSISTED BY:                     Susan Thistle
IN MEMORY OF:               ARTHUR DEAN, 166th  Royal NFLD REGIMENT, WW2
PLACED BY:                        Simeon Dean
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
IN MEMORY OF:               Comrade Leander Drodge, Royal Canadian Air Force, WW2, and
Comrade Catherine Drodge, Royal Canadian Air Force, WW2,
PLACED BY:                        Winnie Smith
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
IN MEMORY OF:               JOSHUA GOOBIE, OVERSEAS FORESTRY UNIT, WW2        
PLACED BY:                        Joshua Goobie  
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey

IN MEMORY OF:               PATRICK SMITH, ROYAL CANADIAN DRAGOONS AND
                                             COMRADE MARY BLANCHE DRODGE, RCAF WOMEN’S DIVISION WW2   
PLACED BY:                        Daniel smith
ASSISTED BY:                     Madonna Clouter
IN MEMORY OF:               WALLACE IVANY, 59TH ROYAL ARTILLERY REGIMENT, WW2         
PLACED BY:                        Comrade Austin Adams
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
IN MEMORY OF:               MAXWELL LAITE, 59TH ROYAL ARTILLERY REGIMENT, WW2
PLACED BY:                        David Laite
ASSISTED BY:                     Megan and Jessica Laite
IN MEMORY OF:               PETTY OFFICER WILLIAM MILLS, ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY, WW2
PLACED BY:                        Angela Mills
ASSISTED BY:                     Georgina Barry
IN MEMORY OF:               ABLE SEAMAN FREDERICT MELVIN PIERCY, ROYAL NAVY WW2  
PLACED BY:                        Andrew Noseworthy
ASSISTED BY:                     Comrade Edward Noseworthy
IN MEMORY OF:               FRED DROVER, ROYAL RIFLES OF CANADA WW2,
PRISONER OF WAR WHILE SERVING IN DEFENSE OF HONG KONG.            
PLACED BY:                        Terry Drover
ASSISTED BY:                     Pauline Drover
IN MEMORY OF:               ARTHUR SPURRELL, WW2           
PLACED BY:                        Michelle Smith
ASSISTED BY:                     Brenda Strong

IN MEMORY OF:               Levi Stringer, MERCHANT NAVY WW2
PLACED BY:                        Oswald Stringer
ASSISTED BY:                     Comrade Wesley Stringer
IN MEMORY OF:               AARON TILLEY, OVERSEAS FORESTRY UNIT, WW2
PLACED BY:                        Comrade Donna Murphy
ASSISTED BY:                     Comrade Jim Tilley

IN MEMORY OF:   Comrade Jack Barry, ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE AND CANADIAN RANGERS

PLACED BY:                        Georgina Barry
ASSISTED BY:                     Stephanie Walsh
IN MEMORY OF:               Comrade norman keele, CANADIAN RANGERS
PLACED BY:                        Wendy Scurry
ASSISTED BY:                     Mrs Ruby Keele
ON BEHALF OF:                 CLARENVILLE LION’S CLUB
PLACED BY:                        President Janet Abbott
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
ON BEHALF OF:                 CLARENVILLE LEO’S
PLACED BY:                        President Mary Katherine Pardy
ASSISTED BY:                     Victoria Caines
ON BEHALF OF:                 CLARENVILLE MASONIC LODGE
PLACED BY:                        Worshipful Master Jake Hoyles
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
IN MEMORY OF:               nurses who served
PLACED BY:                        Teena Noseworthy
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
ON BEHALF OF:                 CLARENVILLE ROTARY IN MEMORY OF ROTARIANS
PLACED BY:                        President Richard Power
ASSISTED BY:                     Cadet Warrant Officer Cody Stacey
ON BEHALF OF:                 Twin Town 50 Plus Seniors
PLACED BY:                        Treasurer Sandra Kromm
ASSISTED BY:                     Director Marjorie Blundon

This last wreath was laid in remembrance of those who served in the past and in honor of those who serve today from this area. It is a representation for families who no longer reside here, and on behalf of those who could not attend today.

Laying the final wreath is Comrade Gunner Arthur Inkpen, assisted by Comrade Sergeant Lucy Critch. Comrade Art is Branch 27’s oldest Veteran who served in multiple combat zones during World War Two. Comrade Lucy is the Branch’s youngest Veteran to have served in combat zones Bosnia and Afghanistan.

Comrade Art joined the 59th Newfoundland Regiment on 27 June 1940. He served in England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany as a Dispatch Rider with the 22nd Battery. He was discharged on 18 December 1945, having served for 5 and half years.


Comrade Lucy joined the Canadian Forces on 23 September 1983. She served in Canada’s North Pole, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and South East Asia as a Traffic Technician Loadmaster. She retired on 26 July 2006 after 23 years of service.