Final Report on YMCA merger with CCC

Last August, it was reported (see links below) that the YMCA would not be merging with the Cobourg Community Centre (CCC) but the detailed report was not released.  At the Committee of the Whole Meeting on January 29, this report and companion agreement will now be provided.  The idea was first discussed in April 2015 and since then there have been many meetings of the Project Coordinating Committee as well as 2 public meetings and a survey (see Links below).  The basic reason to not proceed is that the cost is too high – more like $25 Million versus the $15 Million originally thought.  Of that it was hoped that one third would be covered by grants but that is… Read complete articleFinal Report on YMCA merger with CCC

Budget for 2018

Cobourg Council made few changes to the draft 2018 budget at the open budget review on January 18.  That indicates it met the goal of a 1.5% tax increase and that Council generally agreed with it.  The only people watching the meeting in the Council chamber were two media reps – no citizens showed up although it was streamed via You Tube.  The initial request from staff would have meant a 3.3% tax increase but John Henderson and coordinators managed to trim or defer enough costs to meet the target.  The Police were able to keep their increase to zero – no change from 2017 – the Municipal grants applications were trimmed and a few other minor changes were made. … Read complete articleBudget for 2018

Canada 150 Video

Last year saw the celebration of Canada’s 150th  birthday and Cobourg marked the occasion with a large number of special events.  To record these, members of the Northumberland Photography Club (NPC) were asked to be there and take photos. They did that and turned the photos into a video which was presented at the Mayor’s Levee on January 1st, 2018. Although there was a promise to put this on the Town’s web site, it has so far not appeared so it is now available here.  The background music is provided by Cobourg’s New Ventures Band playing the Victoria Park Overture and the project was organized by a special NPC committee: Bryan Marjoram, Jeannie Gane, Sandra Peters, Elisabeth La Fontaine, Dan Milligan,… Read complete articleCanada 150 Video

Horizon Plastics sold

Horizon Plastics International (HPI) is one of Cobourg’s major employers and they have been sold to Core Molding Technologies, Inc (Core) based out of Ohio for approximately US $63 million in cash.   HPI has 250 employees operating within two manufacturing facilities located in Cobourg, and Nuevo Leon, Mexico.  Of these, 210 are in Cobourg.  The announcement says that the new owner “plans to continue all HPI operations and does not expect any significant restructuring, shut-down or employee severance costs.” That means no layoffs. The announcement by Core says that they have “acquired substantially all of the assets” of HPI. Kevin L. Barnett, President and Chief Executive Officer of Core Molding Technologies said: “Continuing to expand our technology offerings and diversifying… Read complete articleHorizon Plastics sold

Town accused of not listening

In a last ditch attempt to stop the approval of the conversion of 394 College to 5 apartments, Emily Chorley made a presentation to Council tonight that accused Council of not listening and of not following proper procedure.  Emily represents the residents on College street and you have to give her credit for persistence and not giving up.  Her presentation was organized and systematic with specific concerns about how the zoning and site plan approval has been done.  She said that 92 local residents did not receive notification of the project, that there were external changes even though it was said there would be none and that they were foreseeable and that none of the suggestions or requests for concessions… Read complete articleTown accused of not listening

Cobourg Feel-Good Town

Two presentations at Cobourg’s Council meeting tonight were positives – first, the Peewee AA Northumberland Nighthawks Hockey Team were congratulated for winning the 2017 OMHA and OHF Championships.  This team was formed by a merging of a Port Hope and a Cobourg team making it a West Northumberland team so both Mayors were there for the presentation of plaques and handshaking.  See photo below-right.  The second presentation was by Communications Officer Ashley Purdy who was ecstatic over the free publicity that Cobourg got from a video that went viral on Facebook.   The video has been viewed 169,000 times so far and media outlets in the U.S., Japan and the U.K. want to show it.  The video shows an encounter between… Read complete articleCobourg Feel-Good Town