Councillors were busy at the July 22 combined Committee of the Whole and Regular Council meetings. As well as the items already reported (Dragon Boat issue, Cornerstone presentation, Housing developments and closure of the Memorial Arena), Councillors announced a number of items of interest. Each Councillor (including the Mayor and Deputy Mayor) is assigned a role of “coordinator” of parts of the Town’s activities and at the end of the regular Council meeting, the agenda provides for each Councillor to report on these activities. In many cases, these reports are about events where Councillors have participated but other reports are about what I would call news items. Given limited reporting resources, below is a selection of their reports which I think are of most interest. To see all of them, go to the link below for the full verbal reports.
Emily Chorley Report highlights
- The Bandshell in Victoria Park has been subject to vandalism and needs to be repaired and repainted. This work has now been done!
- Last year two Lifeguard stations were replaced; two more have been built and are now on the beach.
- Although the lake levels are slowly going down, power is not yet available at the Marina. It is expected water levels will be low enough to restore power in mid-August.
- Because of dredging work (which added sand) and grooming by Town staff, despite continued high water levels, the beach is fully operational.
- Input from the public on the East Pier proposals will be asked for online in mid August. The new “Bang the Table” software will be used for that purpose. There will be a link from the Town’s web site to a new page called “Engage Cobourg” (or similar). The online survey will be followed by a forum at the CCC in September.
Adam Bureau highlights
(Photo above-right was from January, 2019)
- A new DBIA coordinator has been hired – Tracy LaFleche. For the past three years she was coordinator for the Cobourg Farmers’ Market. [I’ve lost count of how many coordinators the DBIA has had in the last year or so!]
- The Concert Hall has a new Digital Projector and screen which is expected to greatly enhance all concerts at the Concert Hall. Go to this new upgraded web page for the program.
- The draft Cultural plan has been presented to the steering committee and will be made available to the public via the new “Bang the Table” software in August. This will be followed by a public meeting in September.
Another notable happening at the meeting came from Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin. She is concerned that the Council has never explicitly banned the expansion of boat slips at the Cobourg Marina “during this term of council” so she has made a “Notice of Motion” which, if passed, would do just that plus safeguard the natural environment of the West Harbour. This motion will now come before the Committee of the Whole meeting on August 12.
- You-Tube video of Council meeting starting at Coordinator reports – Sorry, no transcripts provided.
- East Pier Consultation Process – 4 July 2019
- Get Involved Kingston – an example of Bang the Table software