Springhill passes capital budget

Christopher Gooding
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SPRINGHILL – The Town of Springhill is making its Christmas wish-list early this year.

Council passed its capital budget this week, putting its hopes for the next five-years down in writing. High on its agenda is a ladder truck for its volunteer fire department and street paving for the 2011-2012 year.

The need for a ladder truck and the opportunity to replace two aging vehicles in its fleet made for a last-minute adjustment to the capital budget, nixing a pumper truck replacement projected for 2014 and bringing the expenditure forward to this fiscal year. In a presentation to the public the night before setting the capital budget, the department said a new or used ladder truck would have all the capabilities and features currently being employed by two of its vehicles, allowing for the reduction in the fleet without compromising services or safety. The capital expenditure is forecasted to run approximately $300,000 but how the vehicle will be funded has yet to be determined.

There’s hope $100,000 in street paving will come to the community but details of when and where have yet to be released. Springhill Chief Administrative Officer Don Tabor said there will be an announcement at a later date.

For the present fiscal year, the town is hoping to invest $2.3 million in new capital into the community.

The budget was passed, with only Coun. Cathy Fisher voting against it.

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