Grey County Council met on Thursday, October 10 at 9:30 a.m. in the Council Chamber for the regular session of council. The meeting was immediately followed by a session of committee of the whole. A recording of the meetings can be found on Grey County’s YouTube Channel.
- Council accepted the minutes of the September 26 Council and Committee of the Whole meetings. Council Committee
- Council accepted the minutes of the August 23 Board of Health meeting and accepted the September Board Report. Dr. Ian Arra updated Council about new statistics and the risks associated with vaping, and details about a class action lawsuit around opioids and the potential for municipalities to join. Minutes Report
Committee of the Whole
- Council received an update on the SWIFT high speed rural broadband project from SWIFT Chief Operating Officer Barry Field. Presentation
- Council heard a delegation from resident Colleen Woodhouse regarding the proposed roundabout at Grey Roads 3 and 4 in West Grey, just east of Hanover.
- Council agreed to show support for the Private Members Bill 89, Teach the Reach Act. If approved this act will require driver education resources to teach the Dutch Reach method of opening your vehicle door using your right arm while looking backward for approaching cyclists.
- Grey County supports the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s recommendations about joint and several liability. Ontario is reviewing the principles of joint and several liability and the impact it has on municipal liabilities.
- Council received an update on the Sydenham Campus in Owen Sound. Grey County purchased the former Sydenham School and is developing a skills training, trades and innovation hub. A manager of program development has been contracted to launch the Grey Bruce Business Generator in support of local entrepreneurs and renovations are nearly complete on the innovation wing of the campus. Staff continue to talk with potential tenants. Report
- Council received an update on the Community Transportation plan. Negotiated requests for proposals for operators are now closed and staff are working with applicants. A report recommending a provider will come to a committee meeting later this fall. Staff will draft a county-wide by-law for taxi, limousine and vehicles for hire to be considered by council at a future meeting. Report
- Council received the timelines for the 2020 budget process. A background will be presented on November 28 followed by a budget meeting on January 28. Report
- Council appointed BDO Canada LLP of Owen Sound as the County’s auditors for the next five years. Report
- Grey County will provide comments on proposed changes to the Provincial Policy Statement. Report
- Council approved a plan of subdivision for a 38-lot development in the Town of The Blue Mountains known as Lora Bay Phase 4. Report
- Council Burley provided a brief update to Council mentioning the long-term care committee of management has directed staff to apply for 96 additional beds for Grey Gables in Markdale. The meeting minutes will be discussed during Committee of the Whole on October 24.
Good News and Celebrations
- This is agriculture week and council recognized the importance of local farmers and their contributions to our communities. The Bentinck Plowmans’ Association held a successful plowing match last weekend to celebrate their 80th anniversary.
- The Municipality of Meaford is hosting the Ardent Defender Exercise. It is the largest exercise of its kind to take place in Canada.
- Lee Manor was awarded the Sun Times Reader’s Choice Award for best long-term care home in Owen Sound.
- Passenger service at the Wiarton-Keppel International Airport is sold out again this weekend. The pilot program will run until October 28.
- Last weekend was CIBC Run for the Cure. The event in the Town of The Blue Mountains was well attended.
- Kristen Thomas from Owen Sound won a Strongwoman competition in Texas.
- There will be an opioid symposium at Grey Bruce Public Health on October 24 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM.
- The Rocklyn Fall Fair was on September 28 and Aakash Desai won the pig show.
- The Grey County Federation of Agriculture annual general meeting is October 11.
- The Grey County Tourism challenge is on. The public is encouraged to explore Grey County and share their experiences on social media with the hashtag
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