Before we get into the notes I just wanted to make a point of clarification as I would like to avoid miscommunication and information being taken out of context.
The notes below are my interpretation of what I hear at the meetings for the time I am present and they include matters which I think the public will want to be aware of.
These notes are not fully inclusive of all items on the agenda and are not verbatim notes. If you have questions or want clarification about anything I have noted I would definitely recommend reading the official agenda first provided below as well as reading the official meeting minutes when they are available.
My intent for these posts is to keep the community informed regarding what is happening in town as I know it can be difficult to attend meetings and read through all of the agenda’s and minutes.
June 8th, 2021
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The Councillors and Town Staff shared memories and paid tribute to Councillor Elizabeth Taylor, who passed away last week.
- Rob Koekkoek, President, Orangeville Hydro- Starting Page 18 on the Agenda
-2020 Annual Shareholder’s Meeting Report
-Orangeville Hydro Limited Proxy for Annual Meeting of Shareholders
2) Joanne Stevenson, Chair, Economic Development Committee- Page 88 on the Agenda
-Strategic Action Plan- including funding a permanent Marketing and Communication Role as well as funding a quarterly newsletter and the management of Valley Alive on social media platforms. The Mayor and Councillors discussed their support for the EDC and their initiatives. Councillor Miles and Deputy Philip Rentsch asked about the costs involved and the possibility of future grants. Town staff was directed to come back to the council with options and cost.
COVID-19 Emergency Updates – Restaurants have communicated with town staff about setting up tables on the sidewalk and patios. The town staff is working with business owners.
Internet Tower-Public Notification- page 101 on the agenda-the town staff about the potential need for a shed on that site.
-Environmental Grants for Mill Street property – verbal discussion, the plan the council discussed was to wait until testing comes back and a direction as to what the future use of the property will be.
-Filming for “Ruby and the Well” –
-Scott Lodge #421 – request for 2021 tax rebate- Approved
-Report – Community Safety and Well-Being Plan Update and Recommendation- Page 108 on the agenda Council received and approved.
-Report – Washrooms at Park Site-Council discussed and directed town staff to discuss further with Engineers.
-Report – 2022 Election Format-Council discussed the logistics of the online system compared to the paper system of the past. Council approved (with one opposed) the use of online and telephone voting methods for the 2022 elections.
-Report – Minor Amendments to Fence By-law- A lack of reference to gates installed in fences that were installed by developers under a site plan or subdivision agreement, and An error in the wording of provisions for pool enclosures-Council received and approves recommended updates
Public Works Superintendent
-Verbal Update-gravel and calcium applications will be taking place on local roads.
-Culvert on 27/28 report received. Sending in permits for GRCA-4-6 week timeline.
-End of June paving projects planned for the Emma and Crozier Street. Signs Posted to notify public.
Golden Homes- Recommendation Report-Site Plan Approval and Zoning By-law Amendment-Councilor Miles and Deputy Mayor Rentsch expressed concerns about the lack of parking. Council Approved.
Water St- Pending an offer to purchase from adjacent land owner.
Cooper Street- Community Living Dufferin- Recommendation Report- Council Approved, Staff will work with owners on Site Plan and necessary by-law amendments.
Thomasfield Phase 3B- Recommendation Report-Subdivision Draft Plan of Subdivision and Zoning By-law Amendment.
Corseed- Recommendation Report – Corseed Subdivision Model Home Agreement- Council approved
William Street- Environmental Consultant has been retained waiting to bring forward Recommendation Report.
Zoning By-Law refresh- Planner received first draft on June 2nd.
Scott Street Development-New owner has reached out to planner to talk about how to proceed, meeting has been scheduled.
Parking, Ticketing and By-Law Enforcement- Posting for a new by-law Officer is up and now accepting applications. Over 100 permits have been issued for backyard fires in town.
-Inflow and Infiltration and Wastewater Capacity-Pumping Station(behind the wastewater plant) ECA application was submitted. Water Restriction by-law is being drafted for future use.
-Splash Pad- hoping to get this open later next week hopefully for June 18th, waiting on inspections from Public Health.
– Recreation, Industrial Land and Housing-Thomasfield Homes Ltd – Grand Valley Business Park Development
Timeline. The plan is for registration in late 2024 and building permits issued for 2025.
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.