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Council Highlights September 12, 2017

St. Thomas-Elgin Social Services Update

Elizabeth Sebestyen, Acting Director, St. Thomas-Elgin Social Services presented a summary of the department’s activities in 2016 including its name change from Ontario Works to St. Thomas-Elgin Social Services. The report included a summary of children’s services, affordable housing, and Ontario Works. 

For the detailed St. Thomas-Elgin Social Services Update please see the September 12, 2017 Elgin County Council Agenda Package. 

Fanshawe College Celebrates 50 Years

The Warden and Council congratulated Fanshawe College on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary. The County recognized the College’s lasting impact on the area and the role that it has played in the success of the Elgin County economy. Students of all ages, who come from all backgrounds and all walks of life, are able to access higher education not only at the London Campus but at a number of rural satellite locations including the St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus. Fanshawe provides $1.6 billion in annual contributions to the economy of Southwestern Ontario through higher education, workforce development, economic development and lifelong learning opportunities. Ross Fair Regional Chair of the St. Thomas Elgin Campus was in attendance to receive congratulations from County Council on this milestone achievement.

Library Launches New Services        

The Elgin County Library will be launching several new services in the near future:

Digital Magazines
The Library will be adding to its digital magazine collection by providing access to the RB Digital and Flipster Apps. These apps allow patrons to access a mix of current magazines and classic audiobooks in multiple formats. 

Libby App
The Library’s current app OverDrive will be replaced with a new app designed to streamline the process of borrowing and reading audiobooks on personal devices. This app includes a one-tap feature designed for ease of use. 

STEM Village
This series of online modules for young learners will help students to improve their skills in science, technology, engineering and math. 

Patrons will now have the opportunity to pay for their library fines online using debit or credit card. 

This digital media services will give patrons access to a variety of movies, music, audiobooks, comics and TV shows. 

County Receives Rural Economic Development Funding 

Elgin County has received funding in the amount of $15,850 from the Government of Ontario’s Rural Economic Development Program. This funding will allow the County of Elgin embark on a video marketing campaign to promote the area’s tourism assets.

The campaign that is currently underway involves the promotion of a 30 second tourism promotional video. The video can be seen on CTV London and Kitchener; on Tim Horton’s TV screens in locations across London, Chatham and Windsor; on digital screens at highway OnRoute stations; and on a digital promotions screen located in Union Station Toronto. 

This funding will allow Elgin to disseminate its promotional content to a broader market and engage a larger audience of potential visitors and competing with larger urban centres for valuable tourist dollars.

Wonderland Road Transfer and Reconstruction 

Council adopted the necessary by-laws and authorized the Warden and Chief Administrative Officer to sign the documents required to formalize the transfer of Magdala Road, Southdel Line and Mill Road to the Township of Southwold, and to accept Wonderland road into the County’s highway system. 

Additionally, Council requested that Warden issue a letter to the Minister of Transportation requesting the reconsideration of funding requirements associated with the reconstruction of Wonderland Road and requesting a meeting with the Minister of Transportation.