Haldimand County Council Briefs
Below is news from Haldimand Council. All decisions were made at the May 9 Council in Committee meeting and then ratified at the May 15 Council meeting. Topics that were previously reported in The Press are not on this list.
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Haldimand County is issuing about $12.2 million in debt financing for future projects with the first payment to start in January 2018. There is one tax-supported project, the Dunnville Library expansion, and eight rate-supported projects: Jarvis watermain replacement; Caledonia wastewater treatment plant upgrades; Jarvis lagoon upgrades; and Nanticoke water system filter replacements, new treatment process, electrical servicing upgrades, high rate sedimentation capacity expansion and filter building expansion.
Bruce Armstrong, President of the Haldimand Federation of Agriculture, and Ben Le Fort, Senior Policy Analyst for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, made a presentation to Council requesting that they lower the 2017 and future years’ tax allocation for farm properties. Karen General, Manager of Corporate Services, noted that tax allocation “is a pie, it’s just how you split the pie”, so that lowering the farm property percentage would require raising it elsewhere.
A $10,000 Community Improvement Program grant was given to the property at 221 Chestnut Street in Dunnville. It is currently vacant, but previously was Chestnut Lane Café. The grant is for installation of new commercial and upper floor windows, removal of the existing overhang/sign and preparation of sign board. The total value of the project is $22,629.
The Walpole Roads Operations Yard sand dome roof had its shingles replaced in 2009 and repaired in 2013 after some were blown off or damaged. Damage has continued to the point where plywood has been damaged as well. Due to the ongoing issues with high winds a higher standard 20-year warranty laminated shingle will be installed at a cost of $99,840. It will be funded from $25,000 previously budgeted for repairs to the roof and $75,000 in savings from another project.
Employee Benefit Renewal
Council approved the 2017 renewal rates for Extended Health Care, Dental, Long Term Disability and Life Insurance for eligible County employees, councillors, retirees and volunteer firefighters, totalling $2,165,000 annually, compared to $1,957,650 previously. There is an additional $9,120 in accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) for employees and active Council members and $16,250 for volunteer firefighters’ on duty AD&D.
Two draft motions were passed for: 1) The reimbursement for backwater valves installed by homeowners at their own cost prior to the start of the Pilot Basement Flooding Mitigation Program in Hagersville and Caledonia and 2) The purchase of solar powered radar speed signs in the 2018 draft capital budget.
Knox Presbyterian Parking
Knox Presbyterian Church in Dunnville requested the installation of two permanent handicap parking spots in front of the church on Lock Street West to ensure easier access for their members with mobility issues.
Road Closure And Conveyance
Council approved three sections of the unopened King William Street, Caledonia, as surplus to the County’s needs to be closed and sold to nearby landowners.
Sale Of Road Allowance
Council approved the sale of part of the road allowance between Concession 4 and Range West of the Plank Road in Hagersville for $20,000 to CGC. The approximately four acre strip borders the west side of the CGC property. A portion is zoned Hazard Lands and the remainder is Agricultural, so none of the lands can be developed.
Council approved allowing a minor variance since it was discovered that the gazebo in Port Maitland parkland was partially encroaching on the road allowance.
Council approved amending the zoning on a seasonal property on Clearwater Court, Sherbrooke to allow year-round living.
Council approved a slight boundary adjustment between two neighbouring properties in Walpole.