Development Charge Amendment – Public Meeting
Council began with a public meeting on the proposed 2021 Development Charge Amendment. Peter Simcisko from Watson & Associates Economists Ltd presented the results of the 2021 Development Charges Update Study.
The amendment is to reflect changes under the Provincial More Homes, More Choice Act and the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, as well as updated capital costs estimates and local service policy.
Comments received at the meeting and in writing will be considered and a final Update Study and amended by-law will be presented to Council at their meeting on December 15, 2021.
During the meeting on November 10, Council:
- Awarded a contract for new play structures in Deerhaven Park and Kilworth Optimist Park. These are scheduled to be installed in the Spring of 2022.
- Received information on Middlesex Centre’s Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) funding for 2022. Middlesex Centre’s 2022 OMPF grant will be $1,291,800. This amount is an increase of $88,000 (or 7.3%) over the prior year. The OMPF funding has been included in the draft budget for 2022.
- Received updates on the capital budget to actual for 2021 and budget to actual for October.
- Approved the 2022 Fleet Capital Budget in the amount of $1,779,000. This advance approval is in an effort to increase lead-times given supply chain issues related to COVID-19.
- Received an update on the building inspection services activities Middlesex Centre staff are providing for Lucan Biddulph, North Middlesex, Adelaide Metcalfe and Southwest Middlesex under cost-recovery service agreements.
- Approved the 2022 Fees and Charges By-law. This by-law outlines the fees for a number of municipal services not covered by taxes, from planning to marriages to public skating. Where fees are increasing, they were kept at or below inflation and/or were changed to better align with the fees of neighbouring municipalities.
- Received a request from the Delaware Lions to use funding from the Delaware Hydro Reserve Fund to purchase a new electronic sign for the village at a cost of $40,000 (with the Lions contributing $2,000). The request was declined at this time in part as it did not meet the criteria for capital assets the budget committee is using for review and as the municipality is looking to create an overall strategy for these types of outdoors signs.
- Received the Strategic Plan Progress Report for 2021. This is the first report on municipal actions towards achieving the objectives outlined in the new Strategic Plan, which was approved in January of this year. Recognizing that the municipality is still in the early stages of the term of this Strategic plan, there has been significant progress on a number of key initiatives. The report will be made available on the municipal website.
- Approved a policy that outlines how interest rates will be applied to Development Charges.
Next Council Meeting
The next Middlesex Centre Council Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 9:30am, focusing on the Official Plan Review. Meeting times are subject to change, so please confirm with the meeting agenda when posted.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the public wishing to speak at the meeting will be asked to join virtually.