County Council Highlights - Nov. 14, 2017

Age Friendly Community Plan Supported

At its meeting held on November 14, 2017 Elgin County Council supported the Elgin St. Thomas Age Friendly Community Plan as presented by St. Thomas-Elgin Social Services. An age friendly community is one where policies, services, and structures related to the physical and social environment support and enable older people to live in a secure environment, enjoy good health, and continue to participate fully in their communities.

The plan is a living document serving as a blueprint for ongoing community relationship building and collaborative planning by Elgin St. Thomas Public Health and its partners, other levels of government, service agencies, businesses, and the community at large.

Between March and May of 2017 a number of different activities were implemented to obtain feedback from seniors, family members, and services providers. Thirty goals have emerged from this process addressing priorities related to healthcare, housing, transportation, community life, and recreation of seniors in Elgin-St. Thomas.

The full report from St. Thomas-Elgin Social Services and an executive summary of the Elgin St. Thomas Age Friendly Community Plan can be found in the November 14, 2017 Elgin County Council Agenda Package.

Update on Partnership with EBRC

Kevin Jackson, General Manager of the Elgin Business Resource Centre (EBRC) presented Council with an update on the activities and successes of its two satellite offices in Aylmer and Dutton. These satellite offices service business clientele in the County and are funded entirely by Elgin County. The EBRC, a Community Futures Development Corporation, and the County of Elgin are the only such organizations to have established such a unique and fruitful partnership in Ontario. The presentation included a summary of businesses assisted, new loans advanced, and a series of examples of clients who are now successfully running or expanding businesses in Elgin County.

The full presentation from the EBRC can be found in the November 14, 2017 Elgin County Council Agenda Package.

Paved Shoulders For Graham Road

Elgin County Council has approved the installation of paved shoulders along the section of Graham Road between West Lorne and Eagle. This section of road is scheduled to be resurfaced in 2018 and the installation of these shoulders will coincide with the resurfacing project. This section of road has previously been identified as a cylcing route in the Elgin St. Thomas Cycling Master Cycling Plan adopted by Council in 2014.

In accordance with this plan, Elgin County has already installed paved shoulders along Imperial Road from Aylmer to Port Bruce, on Sunset Drive from St. Thomas to Port Stanley, on Dexter Line between Port Bruce and Quaker Road, and on East Road in Port Stanley.

Council Approves New Grant Policy

Council approved an update to its grant policy, the policy which governs how the County’s annual distribution of grant funding to not-for-profit groups is allocated. Under the previous policy, recipients were often the same year after year and with a finite grant budget, this was not conducive to new recipients. The new policy is based on the premise that community groups should ultimately be self-sustaining through broad community support and as a result funding should be available for worthy new community initiatives.

All current grant recipients will be notified of this policy change which will not take effect until the 2019 budget cycle.

The full November 14, 2017 Elgin County Council Agenda Package and Minutes from previous meetings can be accessed on the Elgin County Website.