County Council Highlights Jan. 30, 2018

Council Supports Sparta Parent Committee

Elgin County Council supported the Sparta Parent Committee’s request that the Thames Valley District School Board stay the closure of Sparta Public School until a review of enrollment data and implications of this move can be undertaken. Council authorized the Warden to send a letter to the Minister of Education and the Thames Valley District School Board outlining Council’s concerns and reiterating Council’s position that rural schools are vital to the community and important decisions regarding these schools should be based on accurate data.

Personal Support Worker Leadership Award

In 2017, Elgin County Council made a one-time donation towards an award of $500 to support a student in the Personal Support Worker diploma program at the St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus of Fanshawe College. At the January 30, 2018 meeting Council approved an annual commitment of $500 to this award, totalling $2,500 over the course of 5 years. Council also approved one-time funding in the amount of $1,000 to sponsor the annual award ceremony to be held the CASO station later this year.

Elgin County is proud of the long-term care services that it provides to its residents. Elgin employs many Personal Support Workers including 72 full-time, 15 regular part-time, 68 part-time and 1 casual PSW across its three long-term care homes. Elgin hopes that this award will encourage participation and excellence in the Personal Support Worker profession.

Elgin County Heritage Centre Opens

The new Elgin County Heritage Centre, made possible by a grant from the Canadian Cultural Spaces Fund, is now open. Through this new facility, the Elgin County Museum will continue its mandate to preserve the County’s rich history while breathing new life into the stories that shaped this community through interactive displays designed to engage a new generation.

The new 3000 square foot facility is located adjacent to the Elgin County Administration Building on Sunset Drive. It provides a much needed increase in space to exhibit the Elgin County Museum’s permanent collection as well as a series of temporary revolving exhibits. This space will also be used for Museum events and as a location to educate school groups.

The opening exhibit, on loan from the Bruce County Museum, will focus
on medieval life. A portion of the new facility has been transformed into
a replica of a room in Malahide Castle in Dublin, Ireland. Malahide Castle was the birthplace of Colonel Thomas Talbot who settled the area in the early 1800s.

At its January 30, 2018 meeting County Council authorized the Elgin County Heritage Centre to extend its hours to select statutory holiday Mondays to accommodate visitors. The Centre will be open to the
public on the following statutory holidays in 2018:

•Family Day – Monday, February 19, 2018
•Victoria Day – Monday, May 21, 2018
•Canada Day weekend – Monday, July 2, 2018
•Civic Holiday – August 6, 2018

Costs associated with operating on these days will be accommodated within the Museum’s existing operating budget. For more information about the Elgin County Museum and the new Heritage Centre visit

Paved Cycle Lanes for Pioneer Line

Elgin County will receive $322,533.85 in funding from the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program for the installation of paved cycle lanes on Pioneer Line between Furnival Road and the village of West Lorne. A portion of this funding will also be used to update the County of Elgin Master Cycle Plan.

The full January 30, 2018 Elgin County Council agenda can be accessed on our website.