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.
Sept 26th, 2023
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-Saved by the Beep – Test Your Smoke Alarm Day September 28, 2023
-Town of Grand Valley Recognition – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation –
September 28, 2023
Linda Paquette – South Luther Cemetery- Page 20 on agenda, conversation around upkeep for the cemetery and discussion on the perpetual care fund
Public Question and Answer period
Ann MacDougall- MacDougall Hockey Clinic-Ice time concerns, MacDougall traditionally has had ice 5-7pm on Tuesday. Ann had said she is being contacted by other centres that are now saying they have booked those ice times and she had thought it was going to Grand Valley Minor Hockey. No answer was given, the mayor talked to Ann and thanked her for coming in and said nothing could be done at this point. Ann mentioned that priority should be given to locals/local organizations for available ice time and the Mayor said they will keep working on it.
International Plowing Match Debrief
By-Law Enforcement- Page 21 on Agenda
Report- By-Law Enforcement Update
Report – Mill Street Parking Proposal-Council recieves the report and approves to prohibit parking on Mill Street West between Leeson Street South and Taylor Drive, as the original approved subdivision plan states.
CAO Verbal Update- CAO suggested changing the full staff written updates for Public Works and Recreation be moved to once a month. This is already the standard for the bylaw department. Public Works and Planning staff will still be at the meetings. Council Discussed and Staff will come back with options as Councillor Latam also discussed changing the format of council meetings.
Report – Ontario Provincial Police Agreement for 2024- Council Recieved- Page 33 on the agenda
Report – Live Streaming Council Meetings Options- Page 43 on agenda, Council approved the following recommendations-Council authorizes the CAO/Clerk Treasurer to purchase eScribe’s
Transparency Bundle with Webcasting Lite as proposed in this report. ***just wanted to add a personal note that Councillor Latam was the initiator behind this effort and ensured that it stayed on the agenda for over a year.
Verbal Update- Preparing for the winter, 2 staff members attended snow school to better help with winter operations. Supportive role at the Fall Fair went well. Ditching is in process, removing vegetation of the edge of the road, helps with sight-lines and helping with snow removal. Leeson street license plate study should be up by the end of the week.
Thank you to Sarah Spears who implemented and ran the Seniors Fireside Club, Sarah is leaving the role and Recreation Facilities Manager will be looking at options.Splash pad will be potentially be closing early next week depending on the weather. The New Ball park will be nearing completion, looking at options for shade. Campground is still running, had a couple of trailers for the plowing match, revenue approximately $4800, that was primarily over 3 weekends for the long weekend/local wedding.
Council asked Recreation Facilities Manager about the issue resident Ann MacDougall brought up regarding ice time. The Facilities Manager said that she was offered the 5pm spot and she declined as she said it was too early. That spot was then booked by another centre.
Report page 52 on agenda
updates to note-
22T-201801 Scott Street INFILL
UNIT COUNT: 3 on-street singles, 8 condo singles and 13 condo towns
Draft Plan Approved: Oct 13, 2020 – Expires: Oct 13, 2023
Outstanding Accounts Receivable, outstanding Property Taxes receipt has been received so extension will be granted for draft plan for another 3 years until 2026.
Thomasfield Phase 3b will be coming to the next meeting
Town Hall Meeting Date – Verbal Update-Scheduled for Monday October 23d 7pm, staff will bring plans to the next council meeting to finalize.
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.