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Staffers added to police department, fire service names deputy chiefs

Two Summerside firefighters have been promoted to new positions, while Summerside Police Services has added two part-time constables to its staff.

Kenny Blanchard and Clay Moase of the city's fire service have been promoted to deputy chief (one for the St. Eleanors station and one for the Summerside station). Cst. Jesse McCabe and Cst. Colby Landrigan have started their positions as part-time constables with the city's police service.

Finance update in Summerside

The City of Summerside's financial report for December is showing a shortfall.

Coun. Norma McColeman presented the report Monday, at the regular monthly council meeting.

While there is a shortfall, it is not expected to be a financial deficit at the end of the fiscal year (March 31), the report stated.

In addition, the city is expecting wind energy revenue to be lower than budgeted. This is due, in part, to lower wind levels compared to last year, and because two turbines were damaged by post-tropical storm Dorian. The damage caused the turbines to be out of operation for about a month-and-a-half.

The city's capital spending is over budget as of the end of December, but the cause is not due to one specific spend. As of the end of December, $7 million had been spent on capital projects against the year-to-date budget of $6 million.

Budget deliberations to start soon

Budget deliberations have started among senior management staff in the City of Summerside. A draft budget is expected to be presented to council in mid-February. The budget process is expected to take place until mid-March, in which the proposed budget 2020-2021 budget will be proposed to residents.

Tech services recaps building permit revenue

Technical Service staff are planning for the 2020 capital projects following the end of the 2019 season.

In 2019, the total value of building permits issued was $38.6 million. A portion of those permits were from new residential dwellings, $14.5 million in apartments, $4.7 million in new semi-detached and $4.3 in new single-family. Another $10.7million was issued in additions for commercial and institutional permits.

Summerside police occurrences for December

There was a total of 515 calls for service for the Summerside Police Service in December, here's how it breaks down:

  • 515 - Calls for service (7191 in total for 2019)
  • 28 - Traffic accidents (306 in total for 2019)
  • 21 - Reported crimes of assaults and threats (278 in total for 2019)
  • 33 - Theft reports (491 in total for 2019)
  • 10 - Impaired driving offences (98 in total for 2019)
  • 52 - Provincial traffic offences (1317 in total for 2019)
  • 11 - Break and enter reports, business and residential (85 in total for 2019)
  • 7 - Drug enforcement charges (95 in total for 2019)

Summerside Fire Department occurrences for December

The Summerside Fire Department received 24 calls for assistance in December, here's how it breaks down:

  • 2 - Medical first responder calls
  • 2 - Structural fires
  • 1 - Mutual aid call
  • 8 - Alarm panel calls
  • 6 - Miscellaneous calls
  • 1 - Flu fire
  • 1 - Motor vehicle accident/fire call
  • 1 - Carbon monoxide call
  • 2 - Cancelled calls

General operational statistics for water and sewer utility

The December statistics for the City of Summerside's water and sewer utility were presented during a recent council meeting. Here's how it breaks down:

  • 32 - Water samples were taken with clear of bacteria
  • 15 - Chlorination samples taken within all parametres
  • 3 - Water main breaks (Curran Drive, Phillips Avenue and Notre Dame Street)
  • 1 - Water service laterals repaired
  • 1 - Sewer lateral video
  • 1 - Sewer lateral piping replaced
  • 9 - Sewer calls
  • 51,290 – Gallons of septage received to the plant from outlying areas (servicing the county)
  • 320 - Tons of biofertilizer created at the sewage treatment plant.

General operational statistics for electric utility

The December statistics for the City of Summerside's electric utility were presented during a recent council meeting. Here's how it breaks down:

  • 32 per cent - Of the city's electricity came from wind in December
  • 8.5 - Hours of generator run hours
  • 11 - New electric customers energized
  • 4 - Electrical service upgrades
  • 6 - Customer outage events
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