County Council Highlights - June 9, 2020

Manager of Planning, Nancy PasatoIntroducing Nancy Pasato, Manager of Planning

The Warden welcomed the new Manager of Planning, Nancy Pasato. Nancy comes from the City of London, where she has worked in planning roles of increasing responsibility for the past twenty years. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Honours Urban and Regional Planning Degree, and a Certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment, from the University of Waterloo.

Congratulations to all Elgin County Students

The Thames Valley District School Board requested Council’s support in encouraging the community to decorate their yards and businesses with decorative lights this June in celebration and recognition of the Class of 2020. Elgin County and its local municipal partners will display congratulatory messages on electronic signage across the County in celebration of students in Elgin County in 2020.

COVID-19 Update – Warden

The Warden provided an update on the County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He emphasized that Elgin County’s Long-Term Care Homes team is deeply committed to providing the highest level of care and service possible and that County Homes have taken all precautions possible to stop the spread of COVID-19. While the pandemic is not over yet, staff are beginning to look ahead and build the roadmap to our new reality – one where COVID-19 is present in our community.

Tree Commissioner/Weed Inspector Quarterly Report January – March 2020

The Tree Commissioner presented a summary of activity related to the Elgin Woodlands Conservation By-Law for the period of January 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020 and weed inspection activity for the first quarter. The Tree Commissioner also gave an overview of Oak Wilt, a vascular disease of oak trees which restricts the flow of water and nutrients through the tree. Oak Wilt has spread throughout the Eastern United States, but has not been detected in Canada to date.

Elgin County Library Performance Analysis

The Director of Community and Cultural Services provided further context on the library’s recent performance based on annual statistics compiled by the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries (MHSTC). The full report can be found here.

Wide Area Network Services – RFP Contract Award

County Council selected EastLink to provide Wide Area Network Services between the Administration Building and the County’s three (3) Long-Term Care Homes. The new agreement provides the following increased services:

  • A doubling of bandwidth to the Administration Building from 1000 Mbps, which previously cost $2,125 monthly, to 2000 Mbps for $2,325 monthly – a doubling of speed for a $200 per month increase; and
  • An internet connection for each of the three (3) Long-Term Care Homes at $100 each.

The total cost for the enhanced services from Eastlink is $54,000 per year.  The pricing is guaranteed for the three (3) year term of the agreement.

Quarterly Information Report – Contract Awards – January 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020

The Purchasing Coordinator provided information on the exercise of delegated authority for all contracts awarded that exceed $15,000 including amendments and renewals for the period from January 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020. The full report can be found here.

Contract Award – Administration Building Cooling Tower and South Wing Roof Replacement Project

County Council selected Triumph Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc. for the Administration Building Cooling Tower and South Wing Roof Replacement Project at a total price of $497,000.00 (exclusive of HST). Work on this project is expected to begin in September with completion scheduled for the end of November.

Elgin County 2020 – 2022 Strategic Plan Promotion

The Supervisor of Legislative Services and Community Relations presented a draft promotional plan for the Elgin County 2020 – 2022 Strategic Plan. The draft plan includes presentations to various stakeholders to ensure that both Council and staff remain focused on the goals of the plan and that all County activities align with strategic objectives.

New Council Committee:  Connectivity Committee 

Council approved the Terms of Reference for the Connectivity Committee and appointed Councillor Marks and Councillor Giguѐre to the Committee. The Connectivity Committee will address the need for wider access to reliable, affordable internet. Pursuant to Committee By-Law 19-40, staff will advertise for the remaining vacancies and provide a report to Council recommending appointments at a future meeting.

The complete June 9, 2020 County Council Agenda package can be found here.