Capital projects

Close to $3.5 million was spent on Capital Projects in Ouje-Bougoumou in the 2014-15 fiscal year. The new gymnasium was our biggest expenditure of the year at $1,638,155, with the only other project over $1 milion, Phase A, the 10 Municipal/ Institutional lots. They cost $1,197,000. Each year we set aside a little more than $300,000 to keep our heavy equipment up-to-date. This equipment is expensive and to avoid years of excessive expense should we need to replace several pieces equipment in the same year, we try to balance it out each year. This plan seems to be working well for us. In 2014-15 we spent $311,434 in this revolving fund. 

The last of the payments with regards to our new New Hall was $185,147 and the only other expenses we had were $30,000 to replace existing water mains for fire protection on Opataca and Obatagamau streets, $17,000 for the addition of two new water mains on Bear Mountain and Nadostin streets, to loop the network, and we also spent $50,000 to update the five-year capital plan. So our total amount spent on capital projects in 2014-15 was $3,428,736. The Public Works, Capital Projects and Housing Department were reorganized this past year, mainly due to the recent Band Status recognition. All three departments became stand-alone departments, with Freddy Bosum, Director of Public Works and Allen Matoush, Director of Housing. The changes will allow each department to better focus on department responsibilities and will better provide services to the community and residents.

I want to thank the community of Ouje-Bougoumou and its Chief and Council for giving us the opportunity to participate in the on-going success and development of the community of Ouje-Bougoumou.