Sue Cates takes seat as new Ward 4 Councillor
The meeting began with Sue Cates taking the Oath of Office before taking her seat as the new councillor for Ward 4, an area which includes the villages of Kilworth and Komoka.
Cllr. Cates will serve for the remainder of the 2018-2022 term of council.
Building Activity in 2020
Council received an update on building activities in Middlesex Centre for 2020. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was by far the Building Division’s busiest year. The number of new dwellings totalled 258 and overall construction value surpassed $100 million for the second consecutive year. The number of permits issued for new dwellings in Middlesex Centre (258) exceeded 2019’s numbers (159) by over 60%.
Building Permits: Shared Services with Neighbouring Municipalities
Under a service agreement, Middlesex Centre has provided the Township of Lucan Biddulph with building permit and inspection services since 2002. At their meeting, Council approved new agreements with Adelaide Metcalfe, North Middlesex, and Southwest Middlesex that will see building services extended to these municipalities.
The shared building service will offer efficiencies for all municipalities involved. Two additional building inspectors will be hired to support this work. The funding for this shared services model has been developed such that costs will be recovered, at a minimum, for the two staff positions and their mileage and other related expenses.
New Community Services Youth Advisory Committee
Council approved the creation of a new Youth Advisory Committee for Middlesex Centre. The committee, comprised of local young people, will provide meaningful input into the municipal decision-making process, most notably with regards to community services (recreation, parks, amenities, etc.).
Information on applying for the committee will be posted to the municipal website and social media channels in the coming weeks.
Additionally, Council received:
- updates on the drainage works in Komoka (Union Ave.), and the Bear Creek (Branch 4) and Rieg municipal drains.
- a presentation on The Climate Reality Project.
- summaries of Middlesex Centre by-law enforcement activities and accessibility projects in 2020.
- an overview of the Provincial Municipal Modernization funding program. Middlesex Centre received $610,207 to date, and will use these funds for projects including a new phone system, new budget software fees, an online booking system, and new accounting software, among other initiatives. Staff are working with their peers from across the County to identify opportunities for shared programs and systems.
- an update on Provincial tax policy changes that may affect Middlesex Centre budget going forward, including the reduction in the Business Education Tax and the Optional Small Business Property Subclass.
- an update from Deputy Mayor Brennan on activities at County Council, including an overview of the County budget process and deliberations.
Next Council Meeting
The next Middlesex Centre Council Meeting is on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 6:00 pm. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be held virtually.
For More Information
You can view the full meeting on YouTube.