EV Charging stations on Municipal Parking Lots

Cobourg Council have been discussing the provision of chargers for electric vehicles at least since 2021 and once again it was on the Agenda at Monday’s Committee of the Whole Council meeting.  Randy Curtis of the EV Society gave a presentation and said there are vendors who would be willing to install and operate charging stations in Cobourg at no cost to the Town or taxpayer.  That’s because revenue and grants would pay for their costs.  There are details to be worked out – exactly how many (16?) and where, and which company to work with – Randy suggested an Ad Hoc Committee be formed to decide these in time for this year’s budget deliberations.  Cost consideration would be potential… Read complete articleEV Charging stations on Municipal Parking Lots

Cobourg’s Treasurer – Ian Davey – Retiring

After more than 20 years with the Town of Cobourg as Director of Corporate Services and Treasurer, Ian Davey will be retiring effective 27 October.  Recruitment is under way for his replacement and Ian is hoping for a month before that for the new person to absorb Ian’s 20 years of knowledge about Cobourg specific things.  Ian was born and raised in Cobourg (well actually Hamilton) and still lives there.  I was hoping that there would be a public announcement of the change but all we get is a notice of recruitment for his replacement.  I’m not an accountant but I know that Ian has worked hard at his job and is well liked.  The only information I can offer… Read complete articleCobourg’s Treasurer – Ian Davey – Retiring

Poppy Crosswalk for Cobourg?

In October 2021, Cobourg created a “seven feathers crosswalk” to remember indigenous “truth and reconciliation”; in June 2019, Cobourg celebrated Gay pride with a Rainbow crosswalk; and at the next Committee of the Whole Council meeting, Adam Bureau will move to create a third one – a poppy crosswalk – to honour veterans.  Adam does not specify exactly what it would look like but other municipalities have already created one so we can look at them for an indication. Adam does not say whether he has talked to the Legion about the idea – it’s possible they may not like the idea of people walking on poppies – not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.  See links below on the… Read complete articlePoppy Crosswalk for Cobourg?

ICSP Approved

The Integrated Community Sustainability Plan was something Council decided was needed once they declared a “Climate Emergency” – which they did in December 2019. Canada’s contribution to global warming is said to be ~2% and based on population, that makes Cobourg’s contribution .001%.  However, local environmentalists are keen for Cobourg to do its part and by showing leadership maybe the rest of the world will follow.  So in early 2022, work started on creating the ICSP and it was given final approval by Council at their regular meeting on July 3, 2023.  So what exactly is it?  It’s a top-level plan that is intended to guide and direct actions by staff on what to do to make life in Cobourg sustainable… Read complete articleICSP Approved

Strategic Plan Update

For the last two days, Cobourg’s Council have been debating their Strategic Plan – that’s a document that will establish their priorities for their term.  Most of the session was closed but a short summary was provided to the public when they finished.  It didn’t say much – just listed the three highest priorities, defined the relationship between Council and Staff and talked a bit about KPIs (Key performance Indicators).  They also reviewed the list of unfinished business and declared that all except one were either complete or being actioned. Councillors were assisted in their work by Capital Plan Consulting who said that there was still work to be done to complete the plan but it should be ready to… Read complete articleStrategic Plan Update

Accessible Advisory Committee asks for Changes

Although most advisory committees are currently not active, one exception is the Accessible Advisory Committee and at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting they had two requests: 1. Free parking anywhere in Town in any space if you have an Accessible Parking Permit and 2. Transit to be operated directly by the Town and not by a contractor.  Councillor Darling pointed out that previously, the same committee said that those with mobility challenges did not want special treatment on payment for parking – so what has changed?  It seems that “Pay and Display” means a walk there and back which is a problem for some.  And why not just handicap spaces?  Apparently parking is hard to find and any space… Read complete articleAccessible Advisory Committee asks for Changes

Council to Decide on Boardwalk Replacement

The approved 2023 capital budget includes $810,000 for the replacement of the West Beach Boardwalk but before proceeding, the Town had an online survey asking citizens what option they wanted.  It turns out, they don’t want an elevated boardwalk and they do want the walking surface to be wood – not concrete, asphalt or a composite material.  The final preferred option was not one of the options originally suggested by staff – it would use “a composite substructure and a wood deck at the existing grade elevations”.  The basic problem is that the substructure is in contact with sand – the existing substructure is wood and after 15 years has deteriorated – the composite material would have a longer life…. Read complete articleCouncil to Decide on Boardwalk Replacement

Council Reviews Public Input on Governance

At a special meeting tonight, the result of the online survey were reported plus Council heard from 7 residents – five gave presentations and two were in writing.  There were 8 people in the Gallery.  The biggest concern was the planned reduction in the number of advisory committees with a special concern by Gigi Ludorf-Weaver and Warren McCarthy about the disbanding of the Sustainability and Climate Change Advisory Committee since then their group would lose a voice giving input to Council.  Judy Smith’s written submission agreed with them.  But a “hybrid” approach suggested by Councillor Aaron Burchat seems to be getting some attention – that’s where all Councillors would go to all Standing Committee meetings. This would be like having… Read complete articleCouncil Reviews Public Input on Governance

Holdco and Lakefront Utilities Report – 2023

For a second year, Holdco delivered a report on their activities to Cobourg Council – and it was public.  When former MPP and Baltimore resident David Tsubouchi was appointed Chair of HOLDCO in May 2021 he said he wanted to improve transparency and he has delivered. In July 2022, Holdco and its subsidiaries gave their first report/ presentation to Council in a public meeting (see link in resources below) and on 15 June, 2023, they once again reported on their performance.  There were reports by David – an opening overview and to close, a look to the future – Lakefront Utility Services Inc. (LUSI) Chair Robert Bell reviewed performance, Lakefront Utilities President Dereck Paul (standing in for Chair Gil Brocanier)… Read complete articleHoldco and Lakefront Utilities Report – 2023

Changes in Council Meetings

With a “Governance Review” planned, it would be easy to overlook the multiple changes in Council meetings that have already happened.  If governance is changed, it would mean that several committees would be set up instead of the single Committee of the Whole so Council Meeting Agendas (and schedule) would look quite different.  But even before that, there have been a number of changes to meetings.  Some were no doubt due to the Covid disruption, others are likely at the request of the new Mayor and one (unfinished business) is directly related to the planned Governance change and strategic Planning sessions.  They didn’t all get changed at once; they happened over many months. But since I report on all Council… Read complete articleChanges in Council Meetings