News Gravenhurst approves 2019 budget SHARE ON: Doug Crosse, staff Tuesday Mar. 12th, 2019 Gravenhurst Mayor Paul Kelly is pleased to approve the 2019 budget. Photo courtesy of the Town of Gravenhurst The Town of Gravenhurst has approved its 2019 Capital Budget. With a number of new faces in the current council, the review process was extended. The budget includes a project-by-project review which took place over three days. It comes in at $5,615,000 which includes 79 projects. 46 per cent of the capital investment will go towards roads and bridges. Council is also keeping an eye on a number of facilities that need upgrading, including parks and docks. Some of the bigger items include reconstruction of Jones Road between Elwell Park Road and Winhara. Also scheduled is the rebuilding of Barkway Road between Doe Lake Road and Merkley. The Electronic Data Records Management System project is slated for completion too, which is used for managing town records. A road sweeper is on the shopping list as well that can be used year round, and will help road maintenance. “The Multi-Year Capital Program lays out a road-map for necessary investments in existing Town assets. It is a balance between addressing critical infrastructure deficiencies, maintaining service levels and responding to customer needs,” said Mayor Paul Kelly. “Prudent stewardship of Town assets is one of the most important responsibilities of a Council, and I look forward to continuing to work with the administration to ensure that our decisions today, and in the future, are both fiscally responsible and strategic.” Final approval of the budget will be done on March 19th at the special council meeting ahead of the normal meeting.