Mayor Steve Ferguson read a series of proclamations in support of The Year of the Garden 2022, Personal Support Worker Day (May 19), National Nursing Week (May 9-15), and Bladder Cancer Awareness Month (May).
Council received a report from Chief Administrative Officer Marcia Wallace on the key activities and challenges faced by the municipality in the first quarter of 2022 (January to March). The quarterly report includes updates on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism management, community services, affordable housing, infrastructure investments, and municipal finances.
Council received a report regarding the 2022 Community Grants program, which is administered on behalf of the municipality by the County Foundation. Council approved the recommended grants to nearly 40 organizations. The full list of grants is available on The County’s website. Council also directed staff to return with a report prior to the 2023 budget to address recommended changes to the grant program.
Council authorized the municipality to enter into an agreement with R.W. Tomlinson Limited for the reconstruction of Picton Main Street in the amount of $5,309,000. Council also directed staff to bring forward the balance of the project’s original scope as a second phase to the 2023 Capital Budget.
Council received a staff report providing additional context to the issue of appointing a pounds keeper for Prince Edward County. Council received a verbal report from the Director of Finance to amend conflicting language within the old Connection Charges By-Law. Council approved reports from various committee meetings and in doing so approved terms of reference for the Heritage Permit Task Team, approved public consultation regarding the Property Standards, Grass and Weeds By-Law.
Presentations, Deputations and Comments from the Audience
Bob Rogers, Chair of the Agricultural Advisory Committee, presented the committee’s annual report. Council received a deputation from Paul Allen on the future of the “A Path Forward” exhibit and the legacy of Sir John A. Macdonald. Dominique Jones, Executive Director of the County Foundation, commented on the Community Grants program.
Next Council Meeting: May 24, 2022
This summary is not a complete record of the proceedings of the meeting. For the official record, please refer to the minutes in the next Council agenda. A video of this meeting is available on The County’s YouTube Channel.