Highlights of the Town of BWG Council Meeting – March 2, 2021
Town waives penalty and interest on payment of property taxes, water/wastewater fees until August 31
Council recognized that many property owners in BWG continue to face financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that the municipality can provide some relief by allowing flexibility on the timing of payment for property taxes and municipal utilities. To this end, council agreed to waive all penalty and interest on the payment of property taxes and water/wastewater fees until August 31, 2021, and which time they will review the program again.
Council implores federal and provincial governments to give more consideration to small businesses suffering during pandemic
Council approved a resolution in support of local businesses to go to the Office of the Prime Minister, Office of the Premier, Local Members of Parliament and Provincial Parliament, Simcoe County, and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.
The resolution expresses that while business closures over the past year have at times been essential to limiting the spread of COVID-19, they have also contributed to deteriorating emotional and mental health due to lost jobs, reduced incomes and ongoing financial uncertainties.
In addition, while all levels of government have offered various business support programs, many small businesses have remained ineligible. The small business sector employs 69% of the total private labour force in Canada, so it is critical to ensure that these businesses receive the support they need to survive and recover from the pandemic.
These issues have been exacerbated by the recent return to the provincial “Grey – Lockdown” status for an uncertain duration.
Council are therefore requesting that federal and provincial governments review their COVID-related business support programs to simplify application requirements, reduce eligibility criteria for small businesses, improve the approval processes, and fill gaps with new support programs to ensure that viable businesses can survive and rebound from forced closures. They also asked that the provincial government create a program to provide immediate financial aid to businesses when they are ordered to close.
Finally, they asked that – prior to changing the status of a district – the Chief Medical Officer of Health and Office of the Premier consult with all affected heads of council.
Council approved all Committee of the Whole decisions from February 16, 2021.
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.
Heritage designation to commence for home at 4118 Line 6
The Committee of the Whole supported a plan to begin the Ontario Heritage Act designation process for 4118 Line 6 following a request from the property owners and a recommendation from the Heritage Committee.
The Landerkin/Page House is located on the north side of Line 6 east of County Road 27. James George Landerkin purchased the property in 1826 and built the home around 1830, and it remained in his family until 1966. It is one of few remaining examples of mud block construction left in the area, and original features including has a dumbwaiter in the cellar, some red pine flooring and beams, handmade plank doors and handmade wainscoting. The full designation report can be viewed here.