By Rob Edney
Mayor Wilhelm called the March 6th meeting of Perth South Council to order at 9:30 a.m. A moment of reflection was observed, confirmation of Agenda was approved and no pecuniary interest was disclosed.
The minutes of previous council meetings from February 15, 20 and 22, sub committees, public meetings, delegations from Upper Thames River Conservation Authority minutes January 23 and Huron Perth healthcare Alliance Highlights were approved. Deputy Mayor Aitcheson asked that item 5.8 be moved to ‘other business’ on the agenda for further discussion.
At 9:32 Mayor Wilhelm introduced item 6 on the Agenda, Public Meetings and delegations. The first of 4 items was the Usher property in Sebringville. The required public notice had met with no objections to the request for an additional 1 ½ story residential expansion on the property. A brief conversation between the council and the property owners ensued with no opposition from council as all legal and zoning issues had already been adhered to in a timely manner.
County planner, David Gundrum brought two standard severance requests, one in Downie and one in Blanshard to council. Each were briefly discussed and council moved to recommend moving forward on both counts.
Andy Werner from the Stratford Perth Rotary Hospice brought an update on fundraising and minor, but not altogether unexpected, changes to the proposed facility. He noted that $5.1 million of the projected $7.5 million cost had already been raised. His request to Perth South council was for $100,000 over 5 years.Mayor Wilhelm deferred his request to the current budget review.
Lastly among the delegations, Marcel Misuraca of the Ontario Clean Water Agency delivered the Annual report from OCWA for the St. Pauls and Sebringville water systems, noting that there had been a higher than usual (acceptable) sodium content in both towns. Secondary testing had the Sebringville water back within acceptable levels and a notice had been sent out with regards to St. Paul. He explained this is a naturally occurring situation.
Chief Building Official and By-Law enforcement Officer Martin Feeney reported nothing out of the ordinary this month. The spring building ‘boom’ had begun with permit applications and zoning enquiries. There were no By-Law or property standards issues. Councillor Jeffries moved to accept his report and Deputy Mayor Aitcheson seconded.
Director of Public Works, Ken Bettes submitted the results of three tenders for the Township.
The first, a tender for Dust Suppressant, was awarded to the lowest bidder, Da-Lee Dust Control out of Goderich. Moved by Councillor Arkett and seconded by Deputy Mayor Aitcheson.
The second tender for Lawn and Landscape maintenance at the Municipal buildings and the sports fields was awarded to the lowest bidder, Sunrise out of Dashwood. Councillor Zurbrigg enquired as to the significant increase in the cost of this service over last year. Deputy Mayor Aitcheson speculated that the previous year’s landscape company had opted not to renew their contract for a second year because they had underbid and “probably lost their shirts.”
The last tender was for gravel for the Downie Ward. C.R. Chittick Construction out of Thorndale tendered the lowest bid and were awarded the contract for the year. Councillor Jeffrey voiced some concern over the grade and quality of the gravel being delivered and implored Mr. Bettes to monitor such closely. Moved by Councillor Arkett and seconded by Councillor Zurbrigg.
There was little to report from each of the councillors in their reports. Deputy Mayor Aitcheson noted that the Mobility bus is looking for a new driver. Mayor Wilhelm reported that the budget process was moving along and at the moment the increase was under 5%.
Council Adjourned at 10:56.