October 22, 2015
Seeking public input on Trans Canada Trail project
Oxford County and the Town of Tillsonburg will be hosting a series of public meetings in November
Oxford County has teamed up with the Town of Tillsonburg in an effort to help complete a missing link in the Trans Canada Trail (TCT).
The approximately 27 kilometers of on and off-road trail would connect the current TCT from Tillsonburg to Norfolk County. Timing is of the essence as the project is taking advantage of one-time funding opportunities through federal grants that will cover $560,000, or 65% of the $870,000 project cost.
Oxford County and Tillsonburg staff are seeking the public’s help in designing a trail that meets the community’s needs for generations to come. A series of upcoming public meetings are being hosted in Tillsonburg and Springford to provide residents with opportunities to learn more about what’s involved in developing the trail, along with a chance to ask questions.
The public meetings will be held:
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Springford Community Hall
429 Main St. Springford, ON
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Tillsonburg Complex - Lions Den
45 Hardy Ave. Tillsonburg, ON
The meeting will start with a presentation, followed by a question and answer period. Individual landowners adjacent to the trail should note their individual concerns will be dealt with in a confidential manner, not in the public meetings.
A third public meeting will be held in the new year for an additional opportunity to share feedback received from the public.
Residents can also use the Speak Up, Oxford! online town hall to submit questions and feedback, and to learn more about the Trans Canada Trail project.
Rob Walton, Director, Oxford County Public Works
“The Trans Canada Trail extension is a legacy project with national significance and we have a rare opportunity to take advantage of grant funding that will cover more than half of the cost. However, the funding is only available for a limited time, so we need to hear from the public about their ideas, hopes, questions and concerns about this trail, before construction begins this fall.”
Rick Cox, Director of Recreation, Culture and Parks, Town of Tillsonburg
“Connecting the existing Trans Canada Trail in Tillsonburg to this new section of the TCT is a great opportunity for our community. We want to hear from citizens with an interest in trails whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a cyclist, a runner or just enjoy a casual walk with your family. Everyone has an opportunity to have their say in building the best trail possible.”
One-time grant funding is available for the Trans Canada Trail linking Tillsonburg to Norfolk County that includes $310,000 from the Trans Canada Trail and $250,000 from the Pan Am/Para Pan Am Legacy Fund. The Pan Am funding is only available until March 31, 2016.
Negotiations between Oxford County, the Town of Tillsonburg and Norwich Township to fund the remaining cost of construction were unsuccessful.
On September 23, Oxford County Council approved funding the remaining capital costs of developing the trail on an 85-15% basis.
Read the full report from Oxford County Council’s September 23 meeting.
Tillsonburg council approve the proposed cost sharing agreement with the County at their September 28 meeting. Trans Canada Trail announced an additional $50,000 in grant funding towards the project at the Sept. 28 meeting.
Oxford County would cover the entire municipal contribution, $310,000 through reserve funds, while Tillsonburg would contribute $46,500 through a payment plan still to be negotiated.
Social media and online content
Speak Up, Oxford! – Trans Canada Trail
Facebook: Oxford County
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About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario, Oxford County has a population of approximately 109,000 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. One of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, Oxford County also boasts a rapidly expanding commercial and industrial sector that is bolstered by its choice location at the crossing of Highways 401 and 403. The County is home to a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
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