Council Notes

Highlights of recent Township meetings

  • Council   Sun, Jan 24th, 2021   Wilmot Post Staff

Wilmot Township

The Township of Wilmot Ad Hoc Budget Advisory committee meeting on Jan 18th allowed the Council to ask questions on each of the proposed budget items for 2021. The long list of planned items included everything from security cameras to removing ammonia from the New Hamburg arena to reforestation to a flood zone, backwater valve program.

Two items of note were the re-design of the traffic calming measures around the Wilmot Recreation Complex (WRC) and the wording around the Prime Ministers’ Path (PMP) consultation.

The “shaving down” of the the speed bumps within the WRC property is on the 2021 budget and has been met with appreciation from many constituents.

A longer discussion around the language in the PMP consultation call was a deliberation of the phrase “priority of Indigenous voices” within the consultation process. Municipal Clerk Dawn Mittelholtz cautioned that the precedent of giving one voice more priority would carry through to all future consultation proposals. It was decided that the better phrase would be “prioritize the inclusion of Indigenous voices” to reflect the Council’s commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Act.

The 2021 capital budget was endorsed in principle.

Wellesley Township

The Committee of the Whole for Wellesley Township met on Jan 19th focussing on the proposed recreation complex.

Delegations Rosslyn Bentley and Greg Smith represented the Community Health Centre in Wellesley and expressed interest in co-locating both their Wellesley and Linwood facilities within  the new complex. The continuity of support by integrating mental health and physical health help right in the facility for youth and seniors, would allow for convenient, interactive and comfortable access.

Chris Martin, Recreation Centre Advisory Committee Chair, reported on who the proposed recreation centre would serve: minor and recreational sports, skateboard group, theatre groups, fall fair and the Apple Butter Cheese Festival, youth and seniors, and service organizations. Some groups indicated that without a recreation centre their long term existence was at risk. "This project is more than just an arena" according to Martin. 

The staff report recommended reviewing all options for the 15 million dollar project and move forward on the Request for Proposals process. It was carried unanimously.