County Council Highlights – March 12, 2019

Terrace Lodge Project Update

An important milestone in Elgin County’s much anticipated Terrace Lodge Redevelopment Project has been reached as MMMC Architects have been selected as the prime consultants for architectural, design and oversight services for the Terrace Lodge Redevelopment Project. The decision to proceed with MMMC Architects was confirmed by the Terrace Lodge Building Committee at their meeting on March 4, 2019, within the budget established by Council to have an upset limit for this work of $1,779,338, plus taxes, and estimated expenses of $55,840, less potential savings of up to $50,141.

2018 Accessibility Plan Overview

Elgin County is committed to removing barriers for individuals with disabilities as evidenced in their 2015-2020 Accessibility Plan. Accessibility highlights in 2018 include helping Elgin’s partner municipalities develop accessibility standards for key initiatives including such priorities as trails, accessible washroom upgrades to Shedden Library and ensuring accessibility needs will be met in the new Provincial Offenses Administration Building.

Cyber Liability

With increasing frequency, municipalities have been the target of cyberattacks. Elgin County Council has purchased Cyber Liability insurance which will provide $2 million in coverage against such things as cybercrime, system damage, network security and business interruption.

Grants

Using a new evaluation process, Elgin County’s Rural Initiatives Committee received $71,980 in requests for grants for 2019 and recommended $60,837 be distributed. In support of our community’s events, groups and organizations, County Council approved grants for the following organizations:

• Shedden Agricultural Society
• Wallacetown Agricultural Society
• Rodney-Aldborough Agricultural Society
• Aylmer & East Elgin Agricultural Society
• Elgin 4-H Association
• Tillsonburg & District Multi-Service Centre
• Quad County Support Services
• Senior Picnic
• Seconds Stage Housing
• Eat 2 Learn
• Elgin County Plowmen’s Association
• Fanshawe College PSW Award/Sponsorship
• STEAM Centre

Additional information regarding the 2020 grants application process can accessed at http://www.elgincounty.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Grant-Policy.pdf

McBain Farm Subdivision

County Council granted draft plan approval to Southside Construction Management Ltd. for the construction of McBain Farm Subdivision in the Township of Southwold. The proposed plan calls for 177 single detached residential lots just North of McBain Line and South of Highway 3.

Long-Term Care Best Practice Spotlight Program

Elgin County’s Long Term Care Homes are thrilled to have been selected to participate in the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario’s Best Practice Spotlight Program. This program focuses on making a positive impact on patient care through evidence-based practice and includes promoting safety, preventing falls and preventing pressure ulcers.

Heritage Award for Elgin County’s Manager of Museums & Archives

At the 12th Annual Architectural Conservancy Ontario and Heritage London Foundation Heritage Awards Gala, Mike Baker, Manager of Museums and Archives was awarded the London Heritage Award. Mr. Baker was given this prestigious award for his knowledge and outstanding research in local area history and for his passion and dedication to the advocacy of heritage over many years.

Request for Proposal (RFP) – King George VI Lift Bridge (Port Stanley)

County Council approved the RFP from GM BluePlan Engineering Limited to rehabilitate the King George VI Lift Bridge in Port Stanley in the amount of $465,615. The engineering assignment will focus on preliminary work including detailed engineering designs and tendering and contract administration.

Municipal Tax Assessment Group

County Council has engaged the services of the Municipal Tax Assessment Group (MTAG) to help find savings in property tax assessments across the County. In 2018, MTAG was able to identify assessment errors and irregularities that equalled additional tax revenue of $39,469 annually after working with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.

MTAG’s services will cost the County $1250 per month excluding HST.

Heritage Centre – Change in Open Hours

The Heritage Centre has now been open since January 2018 and its success continues to be highlighted by increases in gift shop revenue, donations, and number of visitors. To better serve our users, the Heritage Centre will soon see a change in open hours. These news hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, with the same scheduled hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday. Moving forward, statutory holidays will be open at the discretion of staff.

Construction Season is Upon Us!

With a busy season planned for 2019, the following contractors have been approved by Council to start on their respective projects:

• Niagara Crack Sealing – Asphalt Crack Sealing ($123,165)
• Roto-Mill Inc. – Cold In-Place Recycling with Expanded Asphalt Material ($1,645,811.50)
• Royal Fence Limited – Guide Rail Replacement ($164,540)
• Walmsley Bros. – Hot Mix Asphalt Paving ($3,205,238)
• Duncor Enterprises Inc. – Microsurfacing (Type 3) and Surface Treatment ($239,489)

SWIFT Board Member

Councillor Tom Marks has been nominated by Council to represent Elgin County on the SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Board of Directors.

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