$10,000 building deposit approved

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ADELAIDE-METCALFE - Twp. council, staff, and members of the public gathered virtually on Monday, 11 January 2021 for council’s first regular meeting of the year.

First up, Planner Stephanie Poirier walked council through a Zoning Bylaw Amendment application. The applicant sought permission to live in his home while building a new house on the same property. It was approved, with the provision that the applicant provide a $10,000 deposit to the township, to be returned when the old house is finally demolished. Council approved a 120-day period within which the old house must come down after moving into the new build.

Staff from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority joined the meeting, presenting to council some information about their “Healthy Watersheds” project, and answering some questions about the 2021 budget. Upon completion of that delegation, council dived into correspondences. A Public Meeting notice from the municipality of North Middlesex caught the Deputy Mayor’s attention, and said her Adelaide neighbours have no issues with the proposed rezoning which will allow for seasonal farm labourers.

Council supported a resolution from the Municipality of Charlton and Dack relating to municipal insurance rates. It calls on the provincial government to, “investigate the unethical practice of preferred vendors who are paid substantial amounts over industry standards, as insurance premiums will soon be out of reach for many communities.”

Andrew Neely, Drainage Supervisor outlined future work on the Campbell-Leitch Drain. The drain is long, spanning two counties and three townships. A landowner in Adelaide-Metcalfe wants a bridge crossing on her property, and council supported hiring R. Dobbin Engineering to complete the work. Staff noted the unofficial policy to appoint Spriet & Associates for drainage work in the township; however, the other company is already working on the same drain in the Municipality of Brooke-Alvinston,

Before adjournment, council moved to cancel their 18 January 2021 meeting, as they had no anticipated business to take care of. They will meet again on Monday, 1 February at 7pm.

McKinley Leonard-Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner