Armour council talks library expansion, ACED staycation project and Lakeland power

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What do library expansions, ACED Staycation and Lakeland Power have in common?

They’re all topics discussed during the Township of Armour’s council meeting on April 27.

On the potential relocation/expansion of the Burk’s Falls library

“It was very negative feedback,” said Coun. Rod Blakelock of the library board’s initial reaction to the proposals. “ … The board was informed with the proposal of the expansion of the arena and then the library was in on it without discussion with the library board … the board wasn’t involved so there was a bit of negativity about the whole thing.”

“I explained that it comes to a point where opportunities knock you take advantage of them,” said Blakelock, who added that the board did give the library’s chief executive officer direction to pursue proposals.

Thoughts on the Almaguin Community Economic Development Committee’s Staycation project

“ … There hasn’t been a lot of uptick — municipalities aren’t banging on (ACED’s) door to contribute the $1,900,” said Coun. Wendy Whitwell.

“This is all virtual and I’m not sure everybody was understanding that we’re not gathering people together for these events — it’s all outdoors,” said Whitwell.

On Lakeland Power’s plans to run fibre-optic internet through the area

“Staff had a meeting with Lakeland Power over their fibre project — they got a bunch of money from the province and the feds so they’re running high speed internet through (the area),” said Justin Theriault, clerk-treasurer/administrator.

“It will help us in the long run …,” said Coun. Jerry Brandt.

The next council meeting is set for May 11.

Sarah Cooke’s reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative.

Sarah Cooke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Parry Sound North Star