5 matters discussed at Springwater Township council

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1. School zone safety — Midhurst’s winding road near Forest Hill Public School was deemed a Community Safety Zone by council in an effort to combat excessive speeding and ensure road safety. The designation of a safety zone on Doran Road, between Finlay Mill Road and Highway 27, lowers the speed limit to 40 km/h 24 hours a day each day of the week.

2. Trees felled for fire station — Site clearing and surveying of the new Community Hub site has been given approval by Springwater Council. Phase 1 of the new development includes relocating Fire Station 2 to 1132 Snow Valley Rd. Additional future plans include a new recreation centre, a library and creative services spaces, meeting and sports activity areas, as well as a recreation trails. The land north of Carson Road also includes the potential use of an Emergency Medical Services station in partnership with Simcoe County. Council agreed to pay Ainley and Associates $47,990 for project management of this first phase of development.

3. Cold tales in heritage school — A school bell, hardwood floors and no-flush toilet. These attributes of the old Anten Mills school house built in 1875 — without indoor plumbing or running water — have made it possible for the township to apply for an Ontario Heritage Designation for the current Anten Mills Community Centre. The Notice of Intention to Designate was approved by township council on April 7. The Anten Mills centre also boasts the original wainscotting and window trim, tongue and grove ceiling and an original exterior brick façade. For additional information on heritage properties in Springwater, visit springwater.ca/heritage.

4. Dollars for roads, training and a trailer — Council opened its books and approved $9,300 funding for fire safety training, administration and new technology associated with COVID-19 challenges. More than $471,069 was set aside for the reconstruction of Patterson Street, which will include new asphalt, storm drainage, curbs and on-street parking. It will also include wider sidewalks that meet Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act standards. Additionally, council approved more than $45,781 for a tagalong float trailer.

5. Nursery mountain-bike trails — Novice mountain bikers are wanted to fill summer and fall camps at Tree Nursery Sports Park in Springwater. Council gave the nod to Rad Adventures to offer both beginner and advanced biking camps and other programs in the Sports Park this year. All COVID-19 restrictions will be adhered to for the safety of all participants.

Cheryl Browne, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Barrie Advance