County Council Highlights - May 8, 2018

Southwestern Public Health

The new Southwestern Public Health unit will service the residents of Oxford County, Elgin County and the City of St. Thomas. The organization came to the May 8, 2018 Council meeting to provide an update on the recent merger. A recap of activities leading up to the merger and next steps moving forward were discussed. The new board of health (including Warden Marr and Councillor Wiehle) were introduced and the executive leadership was announced.

A copy of the full presentation can be accessed as part of the May 8, 2018 Council agenda package.

Library Recent Programs and Partnerships

The Manager of Library Programming and Community Development presented Council with an update regarding recent programs and partnerships. The Elgin County Library system continues to be at the progressive forefront of library programming. Of particular interest was a Pedometer Kit Program – an initiative to promote physical literacy and movement in the community. The library’s E-waste Recycling Bin program has also been a great success, providing residents with the opportunity to recycle electronic waste at several Elgin County Library locations. Proceeds from these recycled items go to support STEAM Centre programming. So far 8896.66lbs of e-waste has been collected. The presentation also touched on the successes of the Winter Reading Program, March Break programming, Freedom to Read Week, National Canadian Film Day and many other exciting projects.

Partnerships between the library and the STEAM Centre, the Local Immigration Partnership and the Elgin Children’s Network remain strong.

The full presentation and accompanying report can be found in the May 8, 2018 Council agenda package.

Port Bruce Bridge

The Chief Administrative Officer presented the report summarizing actions taken so far regarding the Port Bruce Bridge collapse.

In regards to this matter Council adopted the following resolution:

“THAT Engineering Services staff, in conjunction with Malahide Township staff if willing, host a public information session to share traffic detour plans and the completed plans for the temporary bridge at the Bank Street location; and,

THAT staff be authorized to spend $1.52M on project requirements related to the temporary bridge to be installed at the south limits of Bank Street including road work, purchase of bridge, and bridge installation; and,

THAT Elgin County Staff proceed to support and facilitate an appropriate Emergency Services Plan with interested local municipal partners and/or contractors for service of the community of Port Bruce until a second access route is established; and,

THAT the report titled “Port Bruce Temporary Bridge Update” from the Chief Administrative Officer, dated May 7, 2018, be received and filed.”

The complete report is included in the May 8, 2018 County Council Agenda Package.