Monday’s Committee of the Whole Council meeting covered a good number of issues including some interesting announcements. CAO Tracey Vaughan gave her regular report on Cobourg’s Covid-19 status and also summarized the results of the Council’s recent review of their Strategic Plan. With about 18 months to go in their term, there’s not really a whole lot of time to accomplish their revised goals. A decision on what to do about managing summer beach crowds was deferred to May 31 although that will be complicated by an extension of the current lockdown to June 2. Tracey said that she had heard that legislation has been passed to do that but as yet it has not been announced by the Premier.
But work continues in the Town’s Departments – here are some highlights:
- The Marina parking lot will be upgraded and traffic flow revised. This is partly to improve the safety of pedestrians who walk through on the way from the West Beach boardwalk to the path in front of the Yacht Club. The parking lot will also be repaved and re laid out. The planter boxes will again be placed north of the new compound to provide a buffer between traffic and the pedestrian area. Additionally, signage will be posted and line painting will be applied to delineate the pedestrian walkway. The cost is estimated at $30K.
- The boat lift in will be postponed – tentatively to June 6.
- The contract to provide an organization review has been awarded to KPMG for $86K.
- As required by the Province, a report listing Compensation to Councillors (and others) was provided by Treasurer Ian Davey. This is included on this page.
- The Beach Canteen will not be opening this summer but instead local businesses will be given the opportunity to operate “Pop-ups” at the waterfront to provide food services. These will be located in the fenced in, paved area adjacent to the Victoria Park Canteen and the grassy area to the south of the Cobourg Yacht Club building. Each applicant will be limited to three weekends.
- Council approved subsidies to the County Project at 265-327 Elgin East which will convert 18 existing units to 40 new units in four 10-plex buildings. Twenty eight of the units will be subsidized – a net increase of 10 subsidized units. All current occupants will be housed during the transition. Subsidies are in the form of “a 50% reduction in the Demolition/Building Permit fees for the project in the amount of $52,525 …. and a 5-year, interest-free deferral of the balance of the Permit fees.” The Development agreement was also approved – re-zoning had previously been approved. (See report on Provincial funding of this project here 24 July 2020).
- The Sustainability and Climate Change Advisory Committee changed their name to Sustainability and Climate Emergency Advisory Committee.
Note that since this meeting was a Committee of the Whole, the above decisions will need to be ratified at the Regular Council meeting next Monday.
Strategic Plan Review
The key takeaway from CAO Tracey Vaughan’s report on the mid-term Strategic Plan review was a clear setting of priorities. She was reporting what Council decided as priorities so Staff would act accordingly. Based on the new chart:
- Housing Strategy
- Align Asset Management with Budget
- Enhance Shoreline Management. Steward and safeguard the Natural Environment of the West Beach and Headland
- Repair and Rejuvenate East Pier and Harbour
- Improve Corporate Governance
- Improve Corporate Effectiveness
- Promote Local Economic Development
OK to defer
- Consider Arts, Culture & Tourism Division
- Continue Downtown Vitalization
It looks like the one person Economic Development Department will get a boost, Downtown Vitalization will go on pause and there won’t be a new Arts, Culture & Tourism Division.
- CAO Tracey Vaughan’s report on the Strategic Plan Review
- Facilitator report on Strategic Plan Review
- Council Reviews Priorities – 4 April 2021 – Report on Strategic Plan Review