Mayor DeViet opened the meeting by recognizing the efforts of Middlesex Centre Fire Services in raising a record $26,130 for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. These funds were collected from generous donations to the firefighter “boot toll” a few weeks ago. Funds will go to research and to the equipment required by those who have this disorder.
Council also watched a short video celebrating long-serving municipal staff. Sixty-seven staff, including 42 members of the Middlesex Centre Fire Services, were recognized for having between 5 and 45 years of service.
During the meeting, Council:
- Sitting as the Court of Revision, approved the Schedule of Assessment for the Vande Borne Drain.
- Received an update on staff-initiated projects undertaken in 2021 as part of the municipal Continuous Improvement Program.
- Received budget updates, including an analysis of COVID-19 financial impacts for the third quarter of 2021.
- Received the 2022 billing statement from the OPP for policing services in Middlesex Centre for the coming year. The total cost for 2022 is just over $2.3 million. This will be considered as part of the 2022 Municipal Budget.
- Approved the 2022 council meeting schedule.
- Received an information report regarding the decision from the Ontario Land Tribunal regarding a severance and zoning by-law amendment.
- Adopted a policy requiring a) contractors or consultants who represent or perform work for the municipality; b) appointed committee members who form part of advisory committees; and, c) Members of Council to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide proof of medical exemption and undergo regular COVID testing. A similar policy was enacted for staff earlier this autumn.
- Approved the use of $60,000 from the Delaware Hydro Reserve Fund to fund the extension of the watermain along Longwoods Road, with money from future development revenues to be reinstated to the same reserve.
- Asked staff to provide more information regarding options for the Kilworth wastewater treatment facility demolition.
- Approved a new Gravel Road Conversion Policy to provide Council, staff and residents with a consistent process for identifying those gravel roads that should be considered for upgrades to a “tar and chip” road surface.
- Received an update from Councillor Heffernan on the successful Ilderton Fall Fair held October 1 – 3, 2021, and expressed their appreciation to all the volunteers that made it happen.
Next Council Meeting
The next Middlesex Centre Council Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 6:00pm. 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.