Augusta Township welcomes Brad Thake as its new Public Works Manager
Augusta Matters by Mayor Doug Malanka
At its regular meeting of Council on July 15th, 2019, Augusta Township welcomed in absentia its new Public Works Manager, Brad Thake on his first day. In welcoming Brad, it was noted that he was formerly employed in Township of Central Frontenac where he served for 2 years as their Public Works Manager. Brad brings numerous years of supervisory experience in municipal/highway road maintenance to Augusta Township coupled with a reliance on best practices combined with financial and resource management to achieve safe working conditions and optimum operational efficiency. Brad prides himself as a strong communicator having risk management and relationship management skills that will enable him to create and maintain strong relationships with Township employees, contractors and subcontractors and rate payers. Brad also describes himself as an energetic confident manager with the ability to delegate and motivate team members to succeed in achieving municipal and personal goals. Brad is a resident of Augusta Township and he looks forward to serving his community. Council welcomes Brad as our new Public Works Manager and looks forward to him having a successful career in Augusta.
As the same regular meeting of Council, Council authorized the Mayor and Treasurer to enter into a loan agreement with the RBC Bank to borrow up to an upset limit of $3.4 million dollars over 20 years to finance the building of the new Fire Station #1 in Maitland. By way of background, the previous Council approved the building of a new Fire Hall in Maitland in 2017 for an estimated amount of $4,221,534 with $1,092,000 to come from reserves and the remainder by debt financing. CAO Morrison pointed out to Council that the upset limit in the motion is set high at $3.4 million dollars in case costs unexpectedly increase as the project comes to completion. It is expected that amount of the loan will be less as the project is currently on time on budget and near completion. In recommending that Council enter into a loan agreement with RBC Bank, CAO Morrison researched loan options from both Chartered Banks and Infrastructure Ontario. In 2019, RBC Bank offered revised loan rates competitive with Infrastructure Ontario and provided 5- and 10-year term opportunities to pay down the loan at the Township’s discretion. Both rates are subject to minor revision up to the date of signing. CAO Morrison told Council that the opportunities of being able to pay down debt early outweigh the risk of rate increases over the full 20-year amortization period of the loan.
Finally, at the regular meeting of Council, Deborah Murphy, Greg Kenny and Tracy Young, representatives of Frank Cowan Insurance and Irving H. Miller Ltd presented Augusta Township with cheques for $5000 and $500 respectively towards our Fire Department’s purchase of a new extinguisher tutor. The extinguisher tutor will assist the Fire Department with training residents on the proper use and care of extinguishers. In thanking Frank Cowan Insurance and Irving H. Miller Ltd for their donations we recognize them for being both our trusted insurance underwriters and our health and safety and risk management partners.