Brockton council discusses several contentious issues

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BROCKTON – Mayor Chris Peabody spoke about several issues of importance on the agenda for the Oct. 27 council meeting, during an interview earlier in the day.

A delegation consisting of Michelle Stein and Bill Noll, of Protect Our Waterways, was scheduled to address council on the proposed site for burying Canada’s high-level nuclear waste (used nuclear fuel).

One of two municipalities remaining in the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s site selection process is neighbouring South Bruce. The other is Ignace, on the Canadian Shield.

As the time draws closer to when a decision will be made, both NWMO and those opposed to the plan have stepped up efforts to ensure the public knows what’s happening.

The Protect Our Waterways presentation focused on the importance of protecting the Great Lakes and the rivers flowing into them, the prime agricultural land in the area where the deep underground repository would be located if South Bruce were to be chosen as the host community, and the experimental nature of the proposed repository.

Background material in the meeting agenda package provided by the Protect Our Waterways group states it formed in February, “after a surprise announcement that 1,300 acres of prime farmland had been purchased and optioned by NWMO.”

Also on the meeting’s agenda was the presentation of the 2019 audited financial statement. “Our accountant is giving us a clean bill of health,” said Peabody. He noted Trish Serratore, chief financial officer, was presenting an update for 2020.

Procedures for use of the BlackCat Radar equipment purchased by the municipality were on the agenda to be discussed by council. There is some question over who should control use of the equipment – the municipality or police.

A report on the emergency replacement of the water main on George St. was included in the agenda. Since the summer, there have been three separate emergency repairs made to the water main, and staff are concerned there’ll be more this coming winter.

Peabody also pointed out an agenda item on a review of the municipal committee structure. Staff have looked at existing committees with the view of finding cost savings through consolidation and streamlining. The review has been in the works for some time, and the COVID-19 situation has “highlighted the importance of finding efficiencies,” as was stated in the staff report.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times