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Mapleton council briefs: Township growth on par with county and province

by Aryn Strickland

MAPLETON - Wellington County councillor Earl Campbell attended Mapleton  council’s March 26 meeting to provide an update on township growth.

Much of Campbell’s delegation focused on statistical information “to see where we fit within Wellington County.” He pointed out residents of Mapleton make up 11.2 per cent of  the county population.

“We only had 4% of the police calls in 2018, the lowest number in the past seven years ... which I thought was quite interesting,” Campbell told council.

The other area of interest was property values and the number of households.

Between 2001 to 2016 the number of households across the province increased by 22.5%. Mapleton has gone up 17.8% and Wellington County has gone up 19.6%.

“I think recent changes in the Drayton subdivision are going to rectify that,” Campbell remarked.

In 2001 property values in Mapleton averaged $181,000. By 2016, the average property value was $440,000, equating to a 143% increase over the 15-year period.

“The provincial average for the same time period was 153% and Wellington County was 131%, so we are ahead of the county, slightly behind the province,” Campbell said.

Councillor Michael Martin thanked Campbell for attending and asked whether there was a plan to make his delegations a more regular occurrence.

“If you would be at all interested to make it a semi- regular thing, I love hearing updates from the county,” said Martin.

Campbell explained his delegation came out of conversations with councillor Marlene Ottens and Mayor Gregg Davidson, and there is a plan to schedule quarterly county updates.

“June sounds like a good time to come back and I am happy to come at any time if you guys have an issue that you want to call me in on,” Campbell said.

Council remuneration rates changing

Council discussed changes to the township’s remuneration bylaw following the council remuneration committee’s recommendation  at a previous council meeting.

Councillors accepted the committee’s recommendation to raise councillors’ salaries to $16,521 and the mayor’s salary to $23,711.

Mayor Gregg Davidson began the discussions by pointing out the need to remove the one-third exemption from the bylaw.

Much of the discussion then centred around the per diem for extra meetings.

“Personally I find it a bit messy and would like to tidy this up,” said Davidson.

“The rates per hour in this grouping depending on the time of day range from $15 an hour to $24 an hour.”

He asked council to consider replacing full-day, half-day and night meeting payment differences with a $20 per hour minimum compensation for extra meetings (with a three hour minimum), “regardless of what time of day it is.”

The mayor also asked council to consider adjusting remuneration in accordance with annual inflation rates.  

Councillors agreed with the mayor’s recommendation to change the extra meeting compensation in the budget.

Councillor Michael Martin suggested there also be a cap on the per diem allotment.

“If you are away at a conference or something for multiple days, I am not sure how you would bill that, so if we could have a daily maximum,” said Martin.

Councillors Marlene Ottens, Paul Douglas and Dennis Craven said they anticipate the remuneration increase will help attract more candidates in future municipal elections.

Davidson then directed CAO Manny Baron  to have a new bylaw drawn up in time for the next council meeting that incorporates the recommendations.

April 12, 2019


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