Several City Departments In The Red

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 13:21 PM

The City is approving a deficit management strategy after hearing several departments are in the red.  Staff told council last night that there are areas that are projecting cost over runs.  Insurance costs are over budget because of a large number of claims.   Employee costs such as early leave, benefits and termination costs are over as well, as is the solid waste department because of a revenue shortfall and added fuel costs for their vehicles. 

Also from Monday night's council meeting, the Chair of the Crime Prevention Council says his group is meeting its goals. Tom Walters telling city councillors Monday night that they've accomplished several of their key initiatives including interacting with the community and providing support to the Thunder Bay drug strategy.

City Council is getting 200-thousand dollars in one time funding from the province to create a community paramedic program. The money will fund two temporary full time positions that will research how paramedics can provide more health care in the community. The province announced the CPP program earlier in the year which will see local paramedics become more of a support service for seniors and those who have barriers accessing health care. (File Photo)