SOUTHWEST MIDDLESEX - Council met Wednesday, 7 April 2021 for a regular meeting with all councillors present. Early on, council supported the creation of a temporary full-time position to complete digitization of property files. It will be funded from existing reserves set aside for the Laserfiche Project.
A routine Fire Services Agreement with Strathroy-Caradoc was approved for the community of Melbourne. The Strathroy-Caradoc department will fight fires in Melbourne, and Southwest Middlesex pays based on a 10-year average of call volumes, over a three-year term.
ELM Children’s Centre is getting some new toys, as well as furniture and kitchen equipment, too. Council approved spending $240,000 on supplies for the daycare, funded from the $500,000 portion of grant money for furniture. Additional spending will come.
Proposals for a subdivision behind the daycare have also come forward, including development of Charlotte Street adjacent to the facility. The County Engineer is now requiring access from both Charlotte Street and Main Street, resulting in a change order for ingress/egress to the site, costing $26,305.33.
Council voted to extend deferral of interest and penalties for another 60-day period, as residents head into another lockdown.
2021 Dust Suppressant Tender Results were within budget, and council approved Den-Mar Brines as the supplier at $223,000. A new half-tonne truck will join the Recreation fleet at a cost of $46,330.
In the business of making things beautiful, a 1-year grass cutting contract spanning 16 individual properties across the township was awarded to Brad’s Lawn Care, quoted at $1,510 per property. GreenStreet Landscaping was hired for the special care of two arboretums at $15,020.
Saving the biggest bills for last, council approved a Main Street (Glencoe) Water Main replacement project at a cost of $1,727,423. The contractor will get started as soon as possible, said staff, and they’ll try to minimize the impact on local businesses during this significant construction project.
McKinley Leonard-Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner