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Catching air in St. Francois Xavier

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Skateboarders in the RM of St. Francois Xavier have much to be excited about.


Construction of a skateboard park is one of the priciest items on the RM’s list of 2013 expenditures.


Councillor Dean Kostiw said $55,000 has been designated for the park, which should be completed this year.


"We’re just waiting for the plans to come back," he said. Council will approve the plans before construction starts.


While the skatepark’s location hasn’t been confirmed, he said it will likely be placed in the village park.


He added, "we’re trying to increase the recreational opportunities for our young people."


St. Francois Xavier CAO Robert Poirier said there is no rise in the mill rate for 2013. However, local residents who live within the Prairie Rose School Division will see a tax increase of approximately 8%, while a smaller number whose property falls within the Portage la Prairie School Division will see a small increase of about 1%.


The 2013 financial plan, approved in March, includes $10,000 to replace a municipal fire tanker truck that was damaged in a highway accident in 2012. Poirier said insurance will cover most of the total cost.


Another $18,000 will be used to buy and equip a truck designed to fight wildfires.


A water meter replacement project will cost $21,000 this year as meters throughout the municipality are gradually switched over to ones featuring a radio frequency that allows them to be read from the street.


Money required to pay for a new excavator at the nuisance grounds, a wastewater lagoon, and fire hall upgrade is allocated in the municipality’s five-year plan.


Because plans for the future of garbage disposal within St. Francois Xavier are uncertain at this time, the 2013 financial plan doesn’t include accurate figures for this service in future years.

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