June 25, 2019 County Council Highlights

Local School Advisory Committee

Councillor Martyn presented a report requesting that County Council consider establishing a Local School Advisory Committee to help bridge the gap between the community, Elgin County Council and local School Boards. County Council agreed to discuss this further as part of their Strategic Planning process which will take place this fall.

Terrace Lodge Redevelopment Funding

The Terrace Lodge Steering Committee requested an additional financial commitment of 15% of the total budget from County Council in order to manage project challenges, including asbestos, and to incorporate enhancements identified through public and staff consultation. The full report can be found in the June 25, 2019 Council agenda package.

Elgin County Library: Recent Projects, Programs, Partnerships and Activities – November 2018 to April 2019

Elgin County Library is proud to continue to deliver responsive programming based on the needs of our communities by collaborating with many local organizations to support and diversify service delivery. A new partnership with the Rainbow Optimist Club, Rainbow Alliance out of Central Community Health Centre with support from Southwestern Public Health provides opportunities to support the LGBTQ+ community members in order to reduce stigma and barriers. The Library continues to work with the Alzheimer Society and Elder Abuse Elgin in order to ensure that the library is connecting existing resources with those who need them. More information about these and other initiatives such as the E-Waste Recycling Program, Growing with Books, Food for Fines, and more, can be found in the June 25, 2019 Council agenda package.

Elgin County Library: Interlibrary Loans

Following the provincial budget cut to Southern Ontario Library Service funding, the interlibrary loan delivery service was cancelled and interlibrary loan materials will now be shipped through Canada Post resulting in new postal costs and increased processing time for staff. To accommodate these provincial costs at the municipal level, County Council approved a new Interlibrary Loan Policy, issuing the following limits:
 All interlibrary loan requests must be placed in-branch through a staff member
 A limit of 5 interlibrary loan items may be active at a time per patron
 A limit of 20 interlibrary loan items may be active for homeschool patrons
 The following material types will not be eligible for interlibrary loan: board books, book club kits, DVDs, music CDs, paperbacks, or picture books.

Reduced Speed Zones – Union Road and Imperial Road

Due to increased residential development on Imperial Road in the Township of Malahide, and on Union Road south of Shedden, County Council approved the establishment of 60km/hr speed zones in these areas. Please click here to view the report and maps that showcase the locations and limits of the approved reduced speed zones.

King George VI Lift Bridge Rehabilitation

Recent structural, mechanical, and electrical inspections as part of the King George VI Lift Bridge Rehabilitation project were completed by GM BluePlan Engineering Limited (GMBP). Based on their findings, GMBP is recommending that additional rehabilitation work (beyond the initial recommendation) is required in order reduce the amount of future maintenance work and bridge outages, and to provide the best long term life cycle value. County Council approved increasing the project budget by $178,060 excluding HST in order to facilitate the additional work required.

Village of Sparta Reconstruction

County staff in partnership with the Municipality of Central Elgin had planned to reconstruct portions of Sparta Line (County Road #27) and Quaker Road (County Road #36) within the settlement limits of Sparta in 2019. A tender was advertised and issued and closed on June 14, 2019. Two bids were received, with the lowest bid exceeding the project budget by $1,750,000. County Council deferred the project for retendering in the fall of 2019 with construction to begin in early 2020.

Contemplating Child Care at Terrace Lodge

As part of the Terrace Lodge Redevelopment Project, County Council explored dedicating space for Child Care Services within Terrace Lodge. Council made the decision not to proceed with the provision of on-site, co-located Day Care Services as part of the project.

The complete June 25, 2019 County Council Agenda package can be found here.