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Council Highlights - September 14, 2020

Posted on Wednesday September 16, 2020


Delegation - Tillsonburg BIA re: Broadway/Oxford Parkette Christmas Tree

Mark Renaud, Executive Director, Tillsonburg BIA, appeared before Council to provide an overview of the BIA's proposal to continue beautification work in the downtown by installing a permanent tree at the Broadway/Oxford Parkette. The BIA is requesting Council support to proceed with phase one to remove the fountain water feature in order to convert the space for a permanent tree. Mr. Renaud noted that local businesses are interested in donating landscaping services to support this location in the future. The BIA wants to begin this work as soon as possible.

Council directed the Director of Recreation, Culture and Parks to review the proposal with the Parks, Beautification and Cemetery Committee and report back at the earliest opportunity. The next Parks, Beautification and Cemetery Committee meeting is scheduled for October 13, 2020.

 

CLK 20-34 Planning Meeting Dates

Council will meet at 4:30 p.m. on September 21, October 19 and November 16 via video conference for the purpose of holding public meetings for planning applications.

 

CLK 20-35 Tillsonburg Transit Committee - Support for Northern Oxford Transit Proposal

Council supported the recommendation of the Tillsonburg Transit Advisory Committee regarding the Northern Oxford Transit Proposal through Oxford County.

 

DCS 20-21 Offer to Purchase - Gibson Drive Laneway

Council passed By-Law 2020-093, to authorize an agreement of purchase and sale with Darwin Kent and Mary Oatman.

 

DCS 20-22 Pre-Budget Approval - Engineering Design Services for Rokeby Road Property

Council authorized staff to proceed with securing external Engineering Design Services in accordance with the Town’s Purchasing Policy to prepare preliminary and detailed design options for servicing the Rokeby Road property only when a conditional agreement for the property is in place. Staff are authorized to communicate to potential purchasers that Council agrees to servicing the land as a condition of the sale.

Once a conditional agreement is in place to purchase the property staff are authorized to secure external Engineering Design subject to the tender being brought back to Council for approval.

 

DCS 20-23 Community Improvement Plan Application - 38 Ridout St W.

Council approved the 38 Ridout Street West property for the Accessibility Renovation Grant in matching funds to a maximum contribution of $3,000. The property is approved for the Tax Increment Equivalent Grant Back Program subject to meeting program requirements and is approved for the Permit Fee Grant Back Program subject to meeting program requirements.

 

OPS 20-31 Results for Tender RFT 2020-15 Single Axle Cab and Chassis with Dump Boday

Council awarded Tender RFT 2020-015 to Carrier Centers of London, ON at a cost of $287,442.49 (net HST included), the lowest bid received.

 

OPS 20-32 Wilson Ave Traffic Concerns

Council directed staff to proceed with Option B the installation of solar powered speed signs and that Wilson Avenue be designated as a Community Safety Zone with appropriate signage and a maximum speed limit of 40 km/hr with speeding fines being doubled in this zone. Council provided pre-budget approval to erect signage and implement all the above in Q-4 of 2020.

A staff report will be brought forward to amend the Traffic By-Law to include the Community Safety Zone and change the speed limits.

 

OPS 20-33 - Rolling Meadows Phase 1 Construction Design

Council authorized the Phase 1 Option B design as presented in the report.

 

RCP 20-31 Arena Operations

Council directed that the arena be return to pre-covid operation hours with the proper sanitization time allotted and that one family member per child be allowed into the spectator area as per the communication received from Southwest Public Health.

 

Items of Public Interest

Councillor Rosehart reminded pedestrians to wear reflective safety gear when travelling on the roadways.

Council will meet on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. via video conference for the purpose of holding public meetings for planning applications.

The next regular Council meeting will be held on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. via video conference.

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