There are a number of “unfinished” projects in Cobourg. Some will be mentioned in the Mayor’s speech at the Levee on New Years’ Day (2:00 pm in Victoria Hall) but some won’t. In addition, 2018 is an election year for Council and that will mean more attention to some of the projects plus uncertainty with potentially new councillors. My predictions are not simply a guessing game but more an extrapolation of what’s in the pipeline for the Council plus knowing what’s coming in other areas. But don’t take my predictions as gospel, remember that they are based on the way things are going now – and that could change. And since no-one can truly know the future, I’m sure my audience will add their own predictions or disagreements with mine.
Council projects for 2018
Waterfront Project – the final report was originally scheduled for September 2017 but will now be issued in March 2018. (Most recent post here) It will recommend that 1) the Trailer Park be left unchanged – the idea proposed in image at right will be rejected and 2) that the Marina invest in a Travel Lift despite public opposition. Maybe I’ll be proved wrong on these. However, I’d predict that its implementation will wait until after the Council election when the 2019 budget will be set.
Tannery Project – there will be some movement on the project to “do something” with the Tannery land at the top of George Street near the rail line. A consultant’s report on this is scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2018.
YMCA merging with the Cobourg Community Centre. (Background here) A report by an Ad hoc committee was released in August 2017 but then withdrawn. This report said that the merger would not proceed but it was then announced that there was “new information” but this was not provided. There is no information on when clarification will be finally released.
Downtown Vitalization – After years of trying to spruce up Cobourg’s Downtown, the latest effort is a marketing effort initiated by the Downtown Coalition and called The Business Attraction Marketing Plan It’s hard to see how this differs significantly from previous efforts which went nowhere. It’s due to be completed in 9 months – that makes it August 2018.
Venture 13 – this project primarily managed by the Northumberland CFDC, Cobourg Police and the Town is due for a Grand Opening in May 2018. It will assist entrepreneurs. Most reports are favourable. (Progress Report)
Urban Forestry Plan – A consultant was hired to spell this out (Most recent post here). A Final report is expected in the Spring of 2018.
Victoria Square – Plans have been drawn up to create a public square behind Victoria Hall. Each year, the Town will look for opportunities to apply for a Provincial or Federal grant to pay for a large portion of this. The total cost is estimated at $1.5M. Until such a grant is received, the project will be on hold.
Scheduled for June 7, 2018, campaigning has already started – especially by the Conservatives who nominated David Piccini. Incumbent MPP Lou Rinaldi has announced he will run – as will Derek Sharp who will run for the newly founded Trillium Party. The NDP and Greens have not yet selected candidates. There is a page on Cobourg Internet here that shows all current info available on candidates.
There will be an election for Council on 22 October, 2018. It is not known who will run but of the incumbents, most have not announced their intentions. Gil says he is still considering; Suzanne Séguin will run – the question is will it be for Councillor or another position; Debra McCarthy has said she will not run; Aaron Burchat has said he will run. Judging by the applications to fill the vacancy created when Larry Sherwin resigned, there are a number of people who may run. Those who applied were: Mark Burgess, Randy Curtis, Carla Grucela, Dean Jenkins, Bryan Lambert, Gudrun Ludorf-Weaver, Bruce Moore, Donald Owen, Charles Sammut, Marcia Whelan. The first date to file as a candidate is May 1, 2018 and the last date is July 27, 2018 so we won’t know who has filed until then.
Rainbow Cinema has said that they will add screens to their current three. The extra screens will be located on the ground floor in the vacant space at the foot of the escalator. No plans are available on how this will be done.
Most of the regular events will return but there are also some notable events that were new in 2017 that will return:
- Les Amis Concerts – Classical performances by major names. Held in St Peter’s and managed by Michael Pepa.
- Country Wild Music Festival – Canadian Country Music in Victoria Park
2018 looks to be a busy year with two elections and a number of major Council items that will hopefully be completed.