Springwater Township Public Library
Council received a delegation from Library CEO Jodie Player Delgado, who provided an overview of the Springwater Township Public Library’s activities over the last several months. In addition to adding new digital resources, the Library is now offering curbside pick-up for a wide variety of collection items and take-home program supports. Programing will largely continue in a virtual capacity this summer, though the Library expects to reopen in July when the Province enters Stage Two. Player Delgado announced that the Library has received an Ontario Trillium Fund Seed Grant to develop new virtual programs for seniors, offered at no cost to the participants.
Service Delivery Review
Council has agreed to seek new consultants as part of the Township’s ongoing Service Delivery Review. Paid for through Covid-19 relief funds, the process will see the creation of a Technology Master Plan, ensuring the Township’s technological capacities are adequate to meet service delivery requirements in an increasingly virtual environment. Furthermore, staff have been directed to complete Activity Worksheets in an effort to provide a better understanding of their current roles and responsibilities. Funded through the $50,000 allocated budget, consultants will analyze data collected from staff, provide industry benchmarks, and define and recommend Service Level Standards and Key Performance Indicators.
Road Surface Treatment
Council awarded the tender for single, double and micro surface treatment to Duncor Enterprises Inc at a cost of $721,313.10. The work is part of ongoing road maintenance and will provide a new riding surface for various roads throughout the Township.
Award for Facility Assessment Study
Council awarded the tender for the Non-Provisional Sites - Facility Assessment Study to WalterFedy in the amount of $49,700, excluding HST. The study will provide the Township with the information required to be compliant with O.Reg 588/17: Asset Management Planning for Municipal Infrastructure.
Cannabis Production Facility Interim Control By-law Extension
An Interim Control By-law was enacted by Council on June 3, 2020 to place a one-year moratorium on the establishment of new cannabis facilities for lands in Springwater, zoned Industrial and Agricultural. The by-law was enacted to provide time for the municipality to complete a Cannabis Production Review Study. During the moratorium, WSP Group completed the study and presented it to Council on March 17, 2021. The Study recommended Council update the Township Official Plan and Zoning By-law with guidance policies to permit and regulate Cannabis Production Facilities. A public meeting regarding the proposed changes was held on May 31, 2021.
The Interim Control By-law will have lapsed prior to the Township collecting all public comments and considering a final recommendation from staff. As such, Council has approved a 6-month extension to the By-law to provide sufficient time to approve and implement the appropriate policy amendments.
New Park Benches and Memorial Tree
New metal community benches will be installed within Township of Springwater parks, as part of a donation made by the Elmvale and District Lions Club. In addition, the Lions Club will supply and plant a memorial tree and plaque at Heritage Park in honour of longtime Elmvale resident Stan McNutt. The memorial will serve to recognize McNutt for his service as a member of the Canadian Air Force, long service as an Ontario Provincial Police Officer posted to the Elmvale Detachment and active volunteerism through many Elmvale organizations, including the Presbyterian Church and the Lions Club.