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Smith visits DD
PC candidate introduces himself to DD council.
Pedal for Hope
Pedal for Hope gears up for another ride.
The Circus Came to Town! The Peterborough Academy of Circus Arts paid a visit to the Warsaw Arena last Wednesday to teach some children the secrets of the trade. Pictured above Shar put on a little hula hoop demonstration.
by Terry McQuitty
Douro-Dummer is going to take a look at developing a plan B for one of the biggest infrastructure projects presently on their books. The township realizes it has to make an investment in both the public works buildings as well as the municipal fire halls. The way the municipality is presently addressing the issue is by looking in to the possibility of building a joint facility.
Councillor at Large Tom Watt asked at previous meetings for a report on the progress of the project. At Tuesday evening’s meeting CAO David Clifford presented that report. Watt was concerned that the price tag of the project continues to increase and depends entirely on federal and provincial funding to move forward.
Clifford told council that what funding is available right now for the facility is only the amount in the 25 year forecast for 2019 and that amount is $3 million. There is a grant that was received from the federal government to the tune of $49,200 directed towards the design of the facility (See story re: grant on page 2). The most recent price tag on the combined building is $6 million.
Watt stated that it was no secret that he has not been in favour of this project from the start. He said the original price tag was $1.2 million then it increased to $3 million and is now around $6 million. Watt went on to say that he didn’t see the township getting the funding so they had better come up with a plan B.
Deputy Mayor Karl Moher agreed that a plan B was needed and suggested that staff prepare a report. Moher mentioned that they would be a lame duck council so the report would be needed by the incoming council.
All agree that many of the municipal buildings require repairs and if the joint building does not come to attrition the work will have to be done on existing buildings. Councillor Ray Johnston went in to a little detail about how he sees plan B working and that applies to the Douro Work depot.
It was decided it is too early to talk specifics, but a plan needs to be developed. At his time Clifford asked council how detailed they would like Plan B. To do the report correctly they will require professionals such as engineers. Clifford stated that some of the issues surrounding legislation and codes in the fire halls can be quite technical. To follow up this point Clifford asked if there would be funds available to hire these professionals.
Council agreed that an RFP should be sent out by the CAO to outline a proposal by qualified professionals to examine the reports submitted by the fire chief and manager of public works regarding the issues with their properties and to devlop alternative options to the joint facility.
Douro-Dummer looks at plan B
Dave Smith visits Douro-Dummer
TL Library looks for funding
In this week's print edition
DD Looks at Plan B
Trent Lakes Library looking for more provincial funding
Retail makeover for businesses
Douro-Dummer gets some federal money
Dave Smith Visits Douro-Dummer
New Road signs identify municipal drinking water protection zones
Showplace announces "The David Goyette Stage"
Slingshot applications now open
Pedal for Hope to make another run
Lakefield Farmers' Market call for vendors
Norwood Fair giives back to the community
Ballad of D'Arcy McGee coming to Lang Pioneer Village
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by Terry McQuitty
Dave Smith, Progressive Conservative (PC) candidate for Peterborough riding appeared before Douro-Dummer council on Tuesday evening to introduce himself. Smith mentioned that this was his first visit to the chambers, but joked, once he wins the election he expects to be back many times.
Smith told council that he will work with an open door policy. He stressed the importance of working with the municipalities.
Smith grew up in Prince Edward County and came to Peterborough in 1989 to attend Trent University. It was at this point he fell for the region.
Smith told council how he likes to get involved in the community. He pointed to his role in bringing Hockey Day in Canada to Peterborough as well as saving the Special Hockey International tournament in Peterborough last March. The tournament was in danger of being cancelled due to legal action involving the original organizers. Smith stressed the importance of the event and the efforts put forth in order to keep the event in Peterborough City and County.
Mayor J Murray Jones asked Smith if he could get his head around rural Ontario. Jones said he knows there are lots of people in the city, but we are a typical rural community that requires attention.
Smith responded by saying he spent the first 12 years of his life growing up in Wellington which consisted of only 750 people and his house shared a fence with a farmer’s field.
Deputy Mayor Karl Moher wished Smith all the best, but stated that when the previous conservative government was in power there was a whole lot of downloading. Moher wanted reassurances that we won’t fall in to the same situations with social programs.
Smith responded by saying he understands that there is only one taxpayer and any downloading to the municpality will end up on property taxes. Smith stated that it is more expensive for municipalities to borrow money for programs and services and this should be left to upper tier governments that get better rates.
Smith went on to say that the problem is that the present liberal government has borrowed too much. When a government makes a decision they have to look at the whole picture rather than examining in silos. They have to see the collateral damage. Problem with the present government is they look at everything through a silo. Because of this there will be some belt tightening according to Smith.
Smith finished his ten minute delegation by promising that he will always look out for the best interest of the citizen rather than self preservation.
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Dam 25 Community Liaison Committee
The minutes of the June 20, 2017 Dam 25 Community Liaison Committee meeting are posted on the project website at www.lock25gs.ca should you, or any of your neighbours/colleagues wish to see them.