Highlights of the Town of BWG Council Meeting – January 19, 2021
Local youths recognized for outstanding achievement
Town of BWG Council were joined by MP Scot Davidson and MPP Caroline Mulroney to make a special presentation to sisters Sarah and Emily Dahlgren. Sarah and Emily, through their organization “A Bradford Christmas”, set and exceeded a goal of raising $50,000 for the Bradford Helping Hand Food Bank. This remarkable achievement came through several months of fundraising events, including partnerships with local businesses, and an incredible amount of hard work.
Council discusses public safety and tobogganing in BWG
Following a tobogganing accident at Fuller Heights Park and an overall increase in use of Town property for tobogganing, staff brought a report to Council seeking direction on the best way to allow this outdoor activity while minimizing risk. Council agreed that while they do not wish to prohibit tobogganing, it must be made clear that those who choose to toboggan on Town property do so at their own risk. New signs are being installed to clearly indicate that that hills are not maintained and that it is impossible to remove all natural and man-made hazards, including the hydro poles that run through Fuller Heights park. Mitigation measures will be undertaken where possible, including removing several trees and taking out “jumps” that have been built by park users.
Planning fees waived to allow school to relocate to Baptist Church
Council agreed to waive application fees for planning changes that will be necessary to allow the Universal Learning Academy to relocate from 152 Holland St. E to the Bradford Baptist Church on Sideroad 10. Zoning of the property needs to be changed from Agricultural to Institutional and an amendment must be made to the Official Plan to permit operation of a school in the church’s basement. The move will allow more room for classes as well as access to outdoor play space.
2021 Census begins in May, hiring now
Every five years, Canadians are invited to participate in the census to help paint a portrait of Canada's diverse population and the places where we live. The next Census of Population and Census of Agriculture will take place in May 2021.
Statistics Canada is currently hiring enumerators and crew leaders.
Visit their website for details.
Did you know …?
- Information from the census is used by governments, businesses, associations, community organizations and many others to make important decisions for your community, your province and the entire country.
- The information you provide ensures that the 2021 Census of Population accurately reflects Canada's changing society. Your responses ensure that your community has the information it needs to plan services that support employment, schools, public transportation and hospitals.
- The Census of Agriculture is conducted at the same time as the Census of Population, collecting information about every agricultural operation in Canada. It provides information on all aspects of the Canadian agriculture industry – from the municipal level to the national level. Both public and private agricultural organizations use the data collected from the Census of Agriculture.
- In accordance with the
Statistics Act, all residents of Canada are legally required to complete the census questionnaire.
Council approved all Committee of the Whole decisions from December 15, 2020.
Committee of the Whole
Please note that decisions made in Committee of the Whole are not final until approved at a subsequent Regular Council meeting.
Town to continue to provide winter maintenance of GO station parking lot
Metrolinx owns the property known as the Bradford GO Station, including a heritage railway station building, platforms and approximately 3.2 acres of parking area and drive aisles. Since 2004, the Town has contributed to the costs of improvements at the station, including facilities and infrastructure, by providing snow removal and other winter maintenance services for the station parking lot.
The Committee of the Whole supported the Town and Metrolinx entering into a formal Winter Maintenance Agreement that extends to spring of 2026. An announcement is expected soon on Metrolinx’s plans to add 79 more car and 6 motorcycle parking spaces.
BWG’s share of South Simcoe Policing to go down for 2021
The Committee of the Whole supported the 2021 Bradford West Gwillimbury/Innisfil Police Services Board operating budget of $21,198,526 and capital budget of $621,622, or which BWG’s total share is $10,089,691. This will be funded with $104,734 of Court Security & Prisoner Transportation Grant Revenue; $242,216 from the Police Capital Expenditure Reserve Fund; $68,595 from the Town's Tax Rate Stabilization Reserves and a $9,674,146 Property Tax Levy.
BWG’s share of the cost of policing is proposed to decrease from 2020 because Innisfil's assessment, household and population growth has outpaced BWG's over the past year. Since the 2020 update, BWG has increased by 118 households and Innisfil has increased by 446 households.