Council Meeting Highlights - September 7, 2022

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Mayor DeViet opened the meeting by congratulating Middlesex Centre’s managers and supervisors for completing the four-part, online University of Waterloo Leadership Training Program.

During the meeting, Council:

  • Received an update on the Provincial Investment in High-Speed Internet, which will see $4 billion put towards access in underserved areas across Ontario. Middlesex Centre will be the beneficiary of two internet service providers, North Frontenac Telephone Corp. and Rogers Communications. Municipal staff have been in discussions with both providers to prepare for this investment. Further information will be brought to Council and the community as these projects get closer to implementation.
  • Approved entering into a Municipal Access Agreement with North Frontenac Telephone Corp., which sets out terms, conditions, responsibilities, and appropriate costing formula for their access to municipal roads and rights-of-way. (Note that Middlesex Centre entered into a Municipal Access Agreement with Rogers Communication in January 2022.)
  • Approved the use of $9,885 from the building and facilities reserve fund for emergency repairs to the HVAC system at the Ilderton Community Centre.
  • Received the budget to actuals report for July 2022.
  • Appointed Deputy Mayor Brennan and Councillor Aerts to the 2023 budget working group.
  • Received the results of the 2023 Budget Survey, which received 345 responses. Of note, 91% of respondents thought the municipal services they received were either fair, good, or excellent. Information from the survey will be incorporated in the creation of the 2023 budget. 
  • Granted pre-budget approval for a two-and-a-half percent cost of living increase for employee wages effective January 1, 2023.
  • Approved a new Electronic Monitoring Policy for Middlesex Centre staff, as required by provincial legislation.
  • Approved the 2023 Council meeting schedule.
  • Confirmed that councillors will sit as members on the boards of directors for the five area conservation authorities, as opposed to citizen representatives. This is in response to changes coming from the provincial More Homes, More Choice Act.
  • Established a Striking Committee to review applications for public and Council appointments to local boards and committees, and to make recommendations to Council regarding these appointments. Mayor DeViet, Deputy Mayor Brennan, and Councillor Aerts will form the Striking Committee for the remainder of the current term and the upcoming 2022-2026 term of Council. 
  • Authorized WSP Canada Group Ltd. to undertake a comprehensive zoning by-law review for Middlesex Centre, at a cost of $14,983 (included in the 2022 budget). This six-month project will ensure that Middlesex Centre planning policies are relevant and that the zoning provisions are up-to-date and reflect the changes made as part of the Official Plan Review. Some of the issues to be addressed include future growth areas, on-farm diversified uses, natural heritage systems and mixed-use developments, among others. There will be opportunities for public input as part of the review.
  • Received an update on the building permit activities in the municipalities of Lucan Biddulph, North Middlesex, Adelaide Metcalfe, and Southwest Middlesex, for which Middlesex Centre provides inspection services on a cost-recovery basis.
  • Sitting as Council and as the Committee of Adjustment, heard a number of planning matters, including several requests for minor variance. Council adopted an official plan amendment, zoning by-law amendment and draft plan of subdivision for property at Komoka Road and Oxbow Drive in Komoka (the Renwick Estates). This application will now be forwarded to the County of Middlesex for consideration of approval.

Next Council Meeting

The next regularly scheduled Middlesex Centre Council Meeting is set for Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 6:00pm. Meeting times are subject to change, so please confirm with the meeting agenda when posted.

For More Information

For more details on any of these items, see the full meeting agenda or contact the Municipal Clerk. You can view the meeting on YouTube.

Meeting highlights are prepared to give residents timely updates on council decisions. The Council Meeting Minutes are the official record of the meeting.