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Town of BWG Council Highlights-in-brief

Key decisions from the February 4, 2020 Council meeting

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 on the Town website at

  • Congratulations to the Bradford Bulldogs on their victory in this year's Battle of the Gwillimburies! Mayor of East Gwillimbury, Virginia Hackson, and members of the East Gwillimbury Eagles attended BWG council to present the prize in this year's friendly wager – 50 lbs of potatoes, which Mayor Keffer will be donating to the Helping Hand Food Bank.
  • Council approved the following Traffic Committee recommendations:
    • That road surface treatment for the section of Line 10 between Sideroad 10 and Highway 400 be considered during the 2021 budget meeting.
    • That the request for creation of a sidewalk along Mills Court cul-de-sac be denied.
    • That the review of lighting along Reagens Industrial Parkway be approved.
    • That a 3-way stop be installed at Brookview Drive and Long Street.
    • That road surface treatment for the section of Simcoe Road between Canal Road and Tornado Drive be considered during the 2021 budget meeting.
    • That traffic counts be conducted on Holland Street East and West, Line 8 and Dissette Street.
  • A Public Meeting was held regarding an application for Zoning By-law Amendment to permit a Wedding Events Venueat 2323 Line 13.If any member of the public would like to share a comment or receive notice of future council meetings where these applications will be considered, please send an email to:
  • The Committee of the Whole supported road closures for the following events in 2020.
    • Our Lady of Fatima Candle Light Vigil – Saturday, May 16
    • Our Lady of Fatima Procession – Sunday, May 17
    • BWG Canada Day Celebrations – Wednesday, July 1
    • Bradford West Gwillimbury Carrot Fest – Friday, August 14 until Sunday, August 16
    • Run for BWG – Sunday, September 13
    • Terry Fox Run – Sunday, September 20
    • Bradford Legion Remembrance Day Parade – Sunday, November 8
    • Bradford West Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, November 21
  • The Committee of the Whole supported taking next steps to designate a Bond Head Heritage Conservation District. The Town will apply to the County of Simcoe Tourism, Culture and Sport Grant Program for funding to cover a portion of the costs; if not successful, staff will report to Council on other funding options.
  • The province has recently given municipalities the option to pass a by-law to allow the use of e-scooters on local roads. There have been no requests to date for the use of e-scooters in BWG. After consultation with South Simcoe Police, staff recommended that permissions not be granted for e-scooters in BWG until such time as the industry has matured and adequate safety precautions are identified to address issues. The Committee of the Whole supported this recommendation and the suggestion that the matter be revisited at a later date.
  • Amendments to provincial legislation require municipalities to establish codes of conduct for members of Council and municipal boards. These must address matters including gifts, benefits and hospitality; respectful conduct; confidential information and use of Town property.The Committee of the Whole supported the proposed codes, (which can be read online at: with one exception – Part 2 Rule 5 regarding election campaigns and Adjudicative Boards is to be removed.