Brockton dealing with impact of growth

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BROCKTON – Mayor Chris Peabody said council is looking at a lot of issues, many of them indicative of positive growth in the area.

On the agenda of the Nov. 9 council meeting was a tender acceptance recommendation for the next phase of development for the East Ridge Business Park. Of the 10 companies that received tender documents, two large companies with extensive experience bid on the contract.

Additional information about discussion on the matter at the council meeting will be available in next week’s Herald-Times.

Another sign of growth is a petition for sidewalks on Ridout Street. The “Sign the Petition: Sidewalks on Ridout Street” Facebook page has gone live. The petition gathered 128 signatures on its first day.

Peabody noted that had the street been constructed these days, sidewalks would have been a given. However, that wasn’t the case when the road was done. Construction of sidewalks would require moving of hydro poles and other work, but it needs to be given a serious look, said the mayor.

He noted that the Clancy subdivision has added 210 new homes on that side of town, of which about 70 have been built.

He further noted he’s walked along Ridout, and the twists and turns in the road make the request for sidewalks understandable.

Walkerton isn’t the only community that’s growing. Neighbouring Hanover is also suffering from growing pains – the main one being there’s no place to grow. A request was made by Hanover to Steve Clark, Ontario minister of municipal affairs and housing asking for his intervention – a request that was denied, according to Peabody. He noted Hanover had wanted a strip of land that went as far as Lake Rosalind. There was considerable opposition raised by the public in that area to annexation by Hanover, Peabody said. Hanover is also looking at land to the west, in West Grey, which, unlike Brockton, is in the same county as Hanover.

Peabody also noted that the ongoing Saugeen Municipal Airport issue needs attention. An offer was made to purchase the airport and was turned down. However, it raised the question of how a legitimate and adequate offer to purchase would be dealt with.

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

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