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October 28, 2020
Council this Week: Highlights from the October 28 County Council agenda

Return to in-person council meetings, intercommunity transportation in northern Oxford, modernization funding and more

Download the full agenda for October 28, 2020

Return to in-person Council meetings

Responding to an earlier request by County Council, a staff report on October 28 will lay out a proposal to safely return to in-person council meetings. The report explains that the Council Chamber allows enough space for all 10 councillors, the CAO and the County Clerk to each be seated the required 2 metres apart. Members of the public who want to attend in person would be seated in the lobby just outside of the Chamber, masked and 2 metres apart, listening to live audio, watching on large-screen monitors, and only entering the entranceway if delegating or presenting. Council meetings would continue to be “webcast” live as they are now and also recorded and posted for viewing later. The last in-person County Council meeting was on March 11, 2020.

Read CS 2020-43 - Return to In-Person Council and Board / Committee Meetings

Update on proposal for intercommunity transportation in northern Oxford

The proposal for intercommunity bus service in northern Oxford County comes back to Council to seek approval for a multi-year grant for the system, which would be operated by East Zorra-Tavistock. The report explains that the proposal would use provincial gas tax funding to offset approximately 50% of overall expenses, and that it presents a viable opportunity to address long-standing transportation challenges in rural-urban mobility, both within Oxford County and across Southwestern Ontario, that affect people’s ability to access employment, health services, educational opportunities, and social connections.

Read PW 2020-51 - Proposed North Oxford Intercommunity Bus Transit Grant

Proposals for provincial modernization funding

County will consider eight projects totaling $680,960 on October 28 to be funded from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Modernization Fund. Projects put forward by County departments include $239,000 to expand use of building application and planning software shared by Oxford’s municipalities; $200,000 for weigh scale automation at the Waste Management Facility; $70,000 to replace visitor kiosks with tourism signage at key locations and more online information; and $58,660 to bring smart TVs, touch screen computers and tablets into the dining rooms at Woodingford Lodge to make it easier for residents to select meal orders and for staff to track dietary information, plan menus, track food supply usage and more. The one-time funding from the Province is to help update service delivery in small and rural municipalities and support projects that reduce future costs.

Read CS 2020-46 - Modernization Funding Project Proposals

Other reports and presentations

  • Delegation – Social Planning Council Oxford – 2021 Grant Request - Stephanie Ellens-Clark and Karla Enns
  • Delegation – Oxford Creative Connections – 2021 Grant Request - Mary-Anne Murphy
  • Delegation – Future Oxford – Future Oxford’s Accomplishments - Bryan Smith and Rick Cox
  • Public meeting and CP 2020-266 – Application for Draft Plan of Condominium and Exemption from Draft Plan Approval CD 20-01-2 – Majestic Homes Ltd.
  • PW 2020-53 – Transfer of Surplus Property – Rivers Road Widening
  • PW 2020-52 – Modernized Sewer Use By-law Update
  • PW 2020-54 – Consultant Service Award – Detailed Design at the Tillsonburg WWTP Phase 1 Upgrade (Revised Scope)
  • CS 2020-42 – County of Oxford Procedure By-law Amendments – 2020 Updates
  • CS 2020-44 – Development Charges By-law Amendment
  • CS 2020-45 – OILC Debenture Issue – Norwich
  • CS 2020-47 – Temporary Financing Agreement - Zorra

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