The highlights-in-brief provide a glimpse at the decisions made by Town of BWG Council at their most recent meeting. A more detailed version is posted within 48 hours of the meeting on the Town website at www.townofbwg.com/highlights.
Note: There is no second meeting in August. The next meeting will be on September 3, 2019.
- Council passed a recommendation to begin the designation process for the 159-year-old farmhouse at 3176 County Road 27, known as the Gummerson or Thorpe House. The process includes serving a Notice to Designate and passing a designation by-law.
- Braidwood Homes plans to build 91 residential units (20 semi-detached and 71 townhomes) on vacant land between Sobey’s supermarket and Holy Trinity Catholic High School. Council carried a recommendation to authorize the use of the Alternate Class 4 Area Land Use Designation for Area Noise Control, meaning that the developer will be required to take specific actions to ensure noise reduction between the subdivision and the commercial operation, such as acoustical fencing.
- Council approved four transactions necessary to further ongoing projects in the Town of BWG and County of Simcoe:
- The Town will sell land on County Road 4 (Yonge St.) to the County to accommodate the County’s plans to widen the road.
- The Town will purchase a portion of the land at 2659 Line 8 for road widening.
- The Town will purchase two properties on Simcoe Road (129 and 141) next to the Bradford & District Community Centre to permit redevelopment of the Community Centre. More information on this project is available online at www.townofbwg.com/BDMCC.
- The Town will apply to the Simcoe County Economic Development Funding Program, which provides one-time grants of $50,000 to member municipalities to advance economic development activities and projects that meet local and county economic development objectives.
- The Annual Report of BWG Fire & Emergency Services showed that the department responded to 1,610 calls for service in 2018 including 28 fires, 43 potential fires, 163 rescue/vehicle accidents and 931 medical calls.Fire prevention education was provided to schools on 21 dates, in addition to fire station tours and the popular annual open house. Staff also attended 48 public education opportunities in response to requests. A total of 140 fire code life safety inspections and 153 building code related inspections were conducted to ensure compliance with provincial legislation. Crews made visits to 1,273 homes in BWG to provide smoke and carbon monoxide alarm information, inspect alarms if requested and test/install/replace batteries as needed.
- The Town of BWG is looking at ways to improve its “urban forestry” including planting more trees, furthering a survey of all Town-owned trees and increasing preventative and corrective maintenance. In 2020, Council will consider a total request of $250,000 to support this program.