5 things that happened at Essa Township council

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1. Celebrating Purple Day on March 26 — Nine-year-old Cassidy Megan initiated the first Purple Day in 2008 to create awareness about epilepsy in her Nova Scotia classroom. The Purple Day Act received royal assent in Canada on June 28, 2012. Canadians are now urged to celebrate the colour purple and support their local epilepsy organization on March 26. Visit https://epilepsysimcoecounty.ca/purple-day/.

2. Hydro rebate — The township received approximately $18,000 from Hydro One after over-charging during last year’s shutdown of the Thornton Community Centre. The ice rink was shuttered after a refrigeration chiller called it quits. All hockey games were moved to the Angus Recreation Centre. Hydro charged an estimated amount based on prior use and will credit the township accordingly.

3. Virtual Open House — An update of the Official Plan requires input from the public. After several visioning sessions were held last October, an overview of the plan was released Dec. 22. An additional virtual open house will be held on Tuesday Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. To join the discussion, visit https://www.essatownship.on.ca/government/official-plan-review.

4. Cost of Water — An annual increase of 2.38 per cent on water bills was passed in January 2019 and will rise each year under the current contract up to and including 2022. Emergency repairs at the waste water treatment plant created an overage in spending by Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) last year. The 2021 wastewater budget will be reviewed to determine cost saving measures.

5. Vegetable Garden Challenge — Council moved to review a suggestion from a resident to start a garden challenge this year. Much like the snowman challenges that ran across Simcoe County this winter, residents could grow vegetables and fruit and donate to the Angus Food Bank.

Cheryl Browne, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Barrie Advance