Council Meeting Highlights - January 20, 2021

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Strategic Plan Approved

Council approved a new 5-year Strategic Plan for Middlesex Centre. The plan, developed thanks to input from residents, businesses and community organizations, sets out objectives in five strategic priority areas:

  • Engaged Community
  • Balanced Growth
  • Vibrant Local Economy
  • Sustainable Infrastructure and Services
  • Responsive Municipal Government

The full plan is available on online at middlesexcentre.on.ca/stratplan or by contacting the municipal office
 

MCFS Year End Review

Middlesex Centre Fire Services (MCFS) provided Council with an overview of 2020 fire and emergency response. 

  • In 2020, MCFS responded to 338 emergency incidents.
  • The average response time for incidents was 9 minutes 10 seconds.
  • The estimated dollar loss as a result of fire was approximately $2.8 million.
  • MCFS conducted 174 fire inspections and 13 fire investigations throughout the 3 serviced municipalities of Middlesex Centre, North Middlesex and Thames Centre.
  • Despite COVID-19 restriction, MCFS continued with public education initiatives and firefighter training (although in a modified form).
  • The current complement of MCFS sits at 112.
     

Off-Road Vehicles By-law to be Prepared

Council directed staff to prepare a by-law to regulate off-road vehicles (ORVs) on municipal roads. 

Recent amendments to Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act and Off-Road Vehicle Act have allowed by default the operation of ORVs along municipal roads in Middlesex Centre that have a speed limit of 80km/h. The OPP, County Solicitor and Municipal Insurer have expressed traffic and safety concerns about ORV use on municipal roads.

The County of Middlesex recently adopted a similar by-law to regulate ORV use on County Roads.

Under the Highway Traffic Act, farmers, firefighters, police, ambulance, municipal staff, utility companies and Conservation officers would be exempt from a by-law that prohibits ORV on municipal roads.
 

Planning Matters

In addition to sitting as the Committee of Adjustment and addressing other planning matters, Council received questions and comments from residents with regards to applications for three draft plans of subdivision in Coldstream. 

Further information on the specific planning matters discussed at the meeting is available online at middlesexcentre.on.ca/public-notices.
 

In brief

  • Council authorized an agreement with Strathroy-Caradoc to clarify roles and responsibilities between the municipalities to ensure proper road maintenance standards are achieved along Middlesex Centre/Strathroy-Caradoc boundary roads.
  • Council passed a resolution in support of the 2021 Canadian Census, which will provide valuable data to support programs and services of benefit to the community. 
     

Next Council Meeting

The next Middlesex Centre Council Meeting is on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 9:30 am. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic this meeting will be held virtually.
 

For More Information

For more details on any of these items, see the full meeting agenda or contact the Municipal Clerk.