As well as their decision to keep the Beach closed at the June 29 meeting, Council decided on several other items and provided some interesting information on a range of subjects. The meeting started with a long presentation by Police but their submitted report was not the same as the presentation to Council on June 29. There were a lot of verbal details – you’ll have to listen to it, see links below. There were three delegations – two wanting the beach closed (Gail Rayment and Paul Pagnuelo) and one about the replacement of water meters by Bryan Lambert which he withdrew since he said there would not be enough time in 10 minutes to make his case. But the Agenda included some site plan applications and other major items.
- Three acres of land in the Lucas Point Business and Industrial Park approved to be sold to Coba Steel Inc. for $40,000 per acre.
- Approval of a by-law to provide indemnification of the Town when the County takes ownership of Courthouse road. Councillor Adam Bureau voted against this because he wanted the concerns of the Church on the Hill to be addressed first. (This issue is mentioned in the report about the Golden Plough project).
- Accepting an Application for Approval of a Draft Plan of Subdivision at 377 William Street. The application proposes ten new 1½ storey freehold townhouse lots and four 1½ storey freehold semi-detached lots. The site has been vacant for many years – previously there was an automotive service station, which has since been removed, decontaminated and certified. A public meeting is planned, probably in September and probably virtual.
- Accepting an Application for Site Plan Approval – DePalma Drive Hotel – more details here – Public meeting has already been held in November 2019,
- Accepting an Application for Approval of a Draft Plan of Subdivision ‘CTC’ Lands (West of Canadian Tire) – Vandyk – West Park Village. A public meeting will be scheduled; Date TBD. This project was originally proposed in 2013 with a public meeting in 2014. But approval expired so a new application was required.
There are two parts: Three stand-alone commercial buildings on Elgin Street and a residential development with 62 townhouse dwelling units and 10 semi-detached dwelling units.
- Approving Waterworks borrowing $2.3 million dollars for the completion of the Water Radio Frequency Meter Changeout/Renewal Project, for both the 4,000 remaining residential and the 309 commercial customers’ water meters. This has been an ongoing contentious issue with the Cobourg Taxpayers Association fighting the expenditure. Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin voted against this as did Councillor Emily Chorley. Suzanne said this year was not the time for this expense given the likely hit to taxes by the Covid-19 crisis. Councillor Darling pointed to significant extra revenue – including from waste water charges set as equal to water usage.
- Approving Transit changes: reinstating Cobourg Transit Bus Route #2 to match the current Route #1 Transit Bus operating hours and extend Free Public Transit in the Town of Cobourg until August 31, 2020. Details here.
- Awarding a contract for Engineering work for the East Pier – this includes repair and enhancements as decided in October 2019 – more detail here
- Instructing staff to proceed with preparing an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy for the Town of Cobourg. The final policy is to be presented to Council for approval on December 7th, 2020.
- Implement the closure of King Street on certain weekends in summer on a trial basis – as described here.
At each regular Council meeting, Councillors report on their responsibilities as coordinators. This includes information reported earlier or elsewhere but some items are new.
- Mayor John Henderson: The vacant CAO position has now been posted – Download here. (The salary range is: $ 145,760- $ 170,520, organization chart is here.) The application deadline is July 9. A unified filming policy is being considered by the County.
- Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin wants to set up a committee, including citizens, to discuss the beach and come up with a plan and parking fee for visitors. She also wants a public discussion on the plans for using the building opposite the Cobourg High School (CCI) as a drug rehabilitation centre.
- Nicole Beatty pointed out that “drug rehabilitation centre” is currently a permitted use for that building and simply requires a building permit which has not yet been issued..
- Emily Chorley: The Marina is now open to transient boats and the Marina admin building will be open this week. The campground is now open although washrooms are closed. Port-a-potties have been provided instead. The centennial pool should be open by July 6. Opening the Splash pad is yet to be decided. Some sports organizations are working on opening for some activities. The CCC is waiting on Provincial direction before re-opening. There are fewer summer students working in Community Services this year – normally 47 would be hired but there are only 19 this year. Emily commented: “And with the beach closed, staff have observed that the harbour, the headlands and the west beach have been very busy – so obviously this is something that staff and council will need to monitor.”
- Adam Bureau: The Farmers’ Market vendors now mostly take in-person orders although there are still some online orders. They are hoping to move back to the oval soon.
The above is a summary – for additional details please view the video in the links below. (Highlight selection above was my choice – sorry if I omitted something).
- Council meeting on You-Tube – deleted after 3 months – starting at Police Presentation
- Police Presentation on Agenda (Annual Police report- 2019) – on Police Web site
- Council’s meeting Agenda for 29 June 2020
- Council Meeting on You-Tube – deleted after 3 months – starting at Coordinator reports