Town wants public input on Elizabeth Bridge

Former daycare sold

Councillor Don Van Galen found little support at Council on Tuesday for his idea to re-name the Wellington St. Bridge to Elizabeth Bridge. He put forward a motion for the Town to make an application to the Office of the Secretary of the Governor General to name the reconstructed bridge to Elizabeth Bridge in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. However, he had trouble in finding a seconder for the motion but Councillor Pope finally did, so the item could be discussed. Councillor Van Galen said that he was proposing this to honour “the longest living monarch” noting that the Queen Street Bridge was named Victoria Bridge. However, the majority of Council agreed that the public should have a say if such a move was contemplated. Mayor Al Strathdee said that if this was a Canada 150 honour, there may be other noteworthy people who should be honoured such as veterans. It was decided that the Town will seek input from the public which can be done on-line or by filling out a hard copy at the Town Hall. Full details have not been released yet but the Town will have a press release when plans for the survey are finalized.

The former daycare building at 121 Ontario Street has been sold to Wildwood Homes for $300,000. The closing date will be September 15 this year. Under the proposal the “purchaser agrees to maintain and keep in good repair the portions of the building identified as historically significant”.  Although final plans have not been approved by Town Planning Department, the developer is proposing renovation of the existing building into 3 – 5 rental units and construction of 3 – 4 additional standalone three-story 6 unit buildings, which will be “attainable housing” as opposed to “social housing”. Attainable housing is defined as those who live in town and earn a “living wage” of at least $16.47/hour.

In other Council news the Town has granted Cascades (Norampac) permission for the employees to use the arena parking lot while construction is going on at the plant.

And finally, the Town has found an alternative to “tar and chip” in the form of a new material FiberMat. Jed Kelly said that the new material has been used by local municipalities with great success. It is anticipated that use of the new material will extend the useful life on local streets for a prolonged period of time.

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