Asset inventory and inspection carried out at Limerick Municipal Office and Fire Station | Bancroft this week

August 2, 2022

By Mike Riley

Journalist of the Local Journalism Initiative

On July 18, Limerick Township Council held its meeting, where Victoria Tisdale, the Clerk and Treasurer, presented them with reports from her Clerk, the Community Emergency Management Coordinator and the Treasurer. After some discussion and questioning, the board voted to accept Tisdale’s reports.

At the July 18 meeting, Mayor Carl Stefanski presented Tisdale’s reports, which she then reviewed with council. She informed them that in June, McDougall Insurance/Intact Public Entities had done an inventory of assets and an inspection of the municipal office and fire station. The purpose of this inspection was to identify potential conditions or hazards that could lead to injury, property loss or litigation. It also proposes measures to correct the shortcomings observed. McDougall’s expert checked everything and submitted his report to the township. The report was authored by Rishab Madhar, Risk Management Services, Intact Public Entities.

“They noticed four shortcomings without any urgent danger being perceptible [that would require correction immediately]. The items noticed were as follows; a storage unit suitable for storing paint and other volatile chemicals (to be dealt with within 60 days of report), an outlet near the garage sink that should be replaced with a leakage breaker outlet to ground (to be addressed within 90 days of report), an outlet outside the building to be replaced with a GFCI outlet (to be settled within 90 days of report), and another anti-collision panel (red barrier) to be installed at the station between the last vehicle bay and the front door of the fire station (to be settled within 120 days of the report),” she said in her report.

Tisdale said office staff worked with Baker Tilly to complete the 2021 audit, which the auditor would present at the July 18 meeting.

Tisdale said renovations to the municipal office were nearing completion and the entire lower level required substantial changes, while the upper level gained a dining room and storage area.

“It’s exciting to find the offices and the Starlink [Internet] has been a difference day and night,” she says.

A new door has been installed at the fire station and the township is holding four tax sales over the next few weeks. The other sales, which Tisdale had discussed with the board last year, had been resolved.

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference will take place August 12-17. AMO is a not-for-profit organization that represents Ontario’s 444 municipalities, helping them work together to achieve common goals and address common challenges, through policy development, savings programs, conferences and training programs. Tisdale said most of the board members will be in attendance, as will she. She asked for a board motion regarding the August meeting as the board would be at AMO. They then decided to skip the August meeting and have a special meeting if anything urgent came up.

Tisdale also reminded everyone that the municipal elections were approaching and nomination day was August 19, the last day for anyone wishing to run for council.

Next, Tisdale provided the board with its CEMC report. She said they had a meeting with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing about funding for the cleanup after the May 21 storm. To date, the township has spent more than $200,000 to bring the municipality back to “pre-storm standards,” and Tisdale said the cleanup should take another few weeks.

Stefanski had a question about government-covered storm costs, and Tisdale replied that everything was recordable.

“I overestimated future costs for us to be covered. This is an estimated cost so they will go with the actual numbers when we have them. Looks like they’re going to help us quite a bit,” she said.

Tisdale also spoke about the CEMC event simulation with the surrounding municipalities of Tudor and Cashel, Wollaston, Limerick, Carlow Mayo and Faraday. The event was a military plane crash, and what each municipality and their CEMCs would do if such a situation were to occur. She said it was very informative and a great learning experience for everyone involved.

For her treasurer’s report, Tisdale told council that the taxes to be collected in the township’s final billing on June 15 had been $1,129,795.23. From June 15 to July 13, another $225,669.41 had been collected from taxpayers, leaving a balance owing as of July 13 of $904,095.82. The fairly large sums owed over the past two years are of course due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects of the May 21 derecho and the financial repercussions they have had.


Melissa C. Keyes