December 10th, 2019
The Town CAO/Clerk-Treasurer Jane Wilson has announced her retirement in early summer 2020 and the Deputy Clerk Meghan Townsend will be her successor.
Public Works-Verbal Update
-Crosswalk query- More information brought to council regarding a traffic study for a crosswalk on Main Street. The traffic study would cost around $3000 and should be at a time of year when most complaints are received. The traffic study report would then be brought to the council and if the council decided to proceed the cost for the drawings, plans and approvals would be around $58,000-$100,00km and then another $100,000-$150,000 for construction. Council voted to hold off on proceeding at this time.
-Speed Sign Data-Nov 26th-Dec 9th, 1790 was the vehicle count and the average speed for 39km/hr
-Bridge 11 is complete and open
Linda Paquette addressed council regarding the maintenance of the South Luther Cemetary. Linda had a presentation including pictures of the cemetery. Linda feels the cemetery has fallen into disrepair and asked the council to consider this when discussing the budget for next year. Linda said that the cemetery has been used from 1861-1970 and is located on the 2nd Line. It is a community cemetery and not affiliated with a church. Linda said that some of the earliest settlers to the area are buried there. Some of the stones have sunk into the ground and some headstones have broken and split. The council said that they would have a monument company come out and look at the stones and give an estimate for repair.
A representative from the town’s insurance company came to speak with the council about the town’s insurance policy for this term. It was noted that there is a rate increase due to added assets (new vehicle, splash pad etc..), inflation as well as a general increase in coverage for insurance across the province as a whole. The representative did commend the town on its risk management and maintenance which is attributed to why the town has seen a minimal increase this term compared to other towns of similar size.
The amended draft of the Parking By-Laws was approved and will be confirmed soon.
The current and draft fire permit by-law was discussed by the council. Council asked the by-law to be amended and brought to council again for review. The suggestions made for the amendment were to allow small campfires with appropriate wording regarding materials burned, distance from buildings, appropriate receptacles to contain the fire (chimeneas) etc..
Town of Grand Valley Human Resources Policy draft manual was discussed.
Town Planners Report
Verbal Update on Applications- You can find all applications here
Attridge is moving forward
Crozier Street Lot- Recommendation Report to be presented to the council at the January council meeting.
Scott St Development- Public Meeting Matrix Response prepared by Lisgar has been received and has been emailed to those who asked to be notified as well as posted on the town website. Recommendation Report to council is projected to be presented to council in the first quarter of 2020.
Coreseed-Met with Town planner and Town clerk to discuss an amendment of official plan and by-law.
Cachet Homes-Phase 2-Subdivision of 16 lots to be developed and construction continuing over the winter.
Thomasfield- Phase 3A model home approval, Subdivision Agreement
Golden Homes- Recommendation Report in 2020
Urban Design Bylaws for In-fill Applications- The town planner is still working on this and hopes to speak more with his colleague in the New Year.
Trailer Park Committee- Next meeting Jan 20th
End of my notes as I had to leave the meeting at this point.
Disclaimer- These are my personal notes from the meeting. The purpose of these notes is to give an update on what is happening around the Town of Grand Valley. If you would like to view the official agenda and minutes you can find that here.