At their Inaugural Meeting on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, Elgin County Council elected Councillor Dave Mennill to serve as Elgin County Warden for 2020. This will be Warden Mennill’s second time as Warden having previously held the office in 2011. In his inaugural address, Mennill spoke of the importance of the role of Warden. “It is humbling to be selected for this position of leadership and it is a pleasure and privilege to lead County Council … Elgin County is in an excellent position thanks to the hard work of Council and staff. I am keen to keep the momentum going” Mennill said.
Sean Dyke, CEO, St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation and Tara McCaulley, Manager, Small Business Enterprise Centre provided an update to Council on SBEC activities for 2019. To view the full presentation, please click here.
It has been an exciting year in Economic Development. Warden Mennill presented Alan Smith, General Manager of Economic Development, and Jessica Silcox, Economic Development Coordinator with the 2019 International Economic Development Council Bronze Award in recognition of the Maple Syrup Trail Campaign. In addition, the Elgincentives program approved 41 applications in 2019 and continues to assist in the improvement of Elgin’s downtown areas, waterfronts, agricultural, and tourism areas.
The Manager of Museum and Archives provided an update on the Elgin County Museum’s activities for 2019. The Museum hosted three exhibits in 2019: Baseball and Brass Bands, The Aerodrome of Democracy – The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, and Voices from the Engraver. Many exciting programs were held at the Museum including a Jumbo Panel, and a Book Launch event for Middlemarch Stories by Luella Monteith. To read more, please click here. Stay tuned for more exciting events in 2020!
In the last six months, the Elgin County Library has embarked on many exciting partnerships with local agencies in order to provide inclusive programming for residents of Elgin County. Partnerships were forged with the Rainbow Optimist Club, Southwestern Public Health, the St. Thomas Public Library, and the Central Community Health Centre in order to address programming needs for members of the LGBTQ+ community. The Library continues to collaborate with EarlyON, Elgin Children’s Network, and the STEAM Education Centres to provide programming. To read more about Elgin County library’s exciting partnerships, programs, activities, please click here.
Elgin County Council approved important updates to many Elgin County Homes policy manuals including Maintenance, Administration, and Program and Therapy Services policies. To view the Elgin County Homes and Seniors Services Policy Manuals, please click here.
An exciting project milestone was reached at County Council on Thursday. Council authorized staff to sign a development agreement with the Ministry of Long-Term Care for the redevelopment of 100 beds at Terrace Lodge.
The Director of Engineering Services provided various status updates for the many projects that are currently being undertaken by the County. To read more about the King George VI Lift Bridge Rehabilitation Project, Replacement of Meeks Bridge, Centennial Road/Elm Line Intersection Improvements, and the Talbot Line/Currie Road Traffic Signal Warrant Analysis, please click here.
The complete December 10 & 12, 2019 County Council Agenda package can be found here.