Perth South Discusses Contract Renewal with UTRCA

Perth South Council Meeting Recap

By Scott Maxwell

Jenna Allain, the source protection coordinator of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, appeared before the Council on May 2nd to propose a renewal of their current contract with Perth South. Their previous contract was signed in August 2014, and will expire this August, although the UTRCA hopes there will be a response by June.  The cost of the contract is $42,485.00 and is for a 3 year term ending in September, 2020.

The UTRCA’s responsibilities are to protect life and property from flood and erosion, protect and improve water quality, preserve and manage natural areas, and provide outdoor recreation opportunities. They do so with flood & water control, community partnerships, conservation areas, and various other programs and services.

The Council questioned the progress of the organization during their first contract. While signing the contract in August 2014, it took the UTRCA nearly a year and a half to finally put their plan into action. The Council also had issues with the lack of transparency with the organization, as the Council didn’t know where their money was being spent.

Other Council Meeting Highlights

• Director of Public Works Ken Bettles announced that there are plans for surface asphalt work on the roundabout on Highway 7 & Perth Line 20. The resurfacing is expected to start on May 29, and conclude on June 3.

• Drea Kerr of the Stratford Perth Community Foundation provided an update on the Perth South fund. The purpose of this fund is to provide support to charitable foundations, through unrestricted funds which families, social services, and non-profit organizations have access to in order to support priorities, projects, and needs. The Foundation has reached 44% of their $50,000 goal from individual and business donations.

• The Council raised concern about the surplus farm house severance application of Dan & Susan Coulthard in regard to the buildings behind property #4508 on Line 15. These buildings are not allowed to house livestock, and members of the Council suggested they could be torn down.

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