3 things that happened at Springwater Township council

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1. Play ball and hit the patios: Due to the increased demand for baseball diamonds, the fees bylaw has been updated to include minor sports bookings at community baseball diamonds. The bylaw also includes an hourly booking rate for pavilion rentals for sports.

In order to meet COVID-19 guidelines, township staff will assist restaurant and bar owners who may require extra outdoor space for their patios to meet provincial health guidelines.

2. Pot Plant Zone Study: Reviewing the Official Plan and zoning bylaws to ensure they meet recommendations of the Cannabis Production Review study, completed in January, are underway.

The updated plan will include new definitions related to cannabis cultivation and processing, note growth and processing are permitted under the agricultural zoning bylaw and that indoor cannabis processing should be permitted in industrial zones on a case-by-case basis.

3. Street sweep and guide rail repair: At a contract cost of slightly more than $43,500 per year, 115 kilometres of roadways and several parking lots will be swept annually. Additionally, guide rail repair and replacement in some locations will be performed in 2021 at a cost of approximately $288,000. Two safety crosswalks were approved for installation, including an Intersection Pedestrian Signal in Hillsdale at the corner of Albert Street and Highway 93, as well as a pedestrian crossover sign on Yonge Street North at George Street in Elmvale.

Cheryl Browne, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Barrie Advance