Brockton to host volunteer recognition event June 23

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BROCKTON – The municipality will host an in-person volunteer recognition event at the Cargill Community Centre on Thursday, June 23, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided, as well as live musical entertainment.

The previous volunteer recognition event was held virtually in May 2021. The lifting of COVID-19 restrictions makes possible an in-person celebration.

The municipality has expanded the volunteer recognition event to include expressing appreciation to a number of local service clubs, committees and boards. In 2022, this will include the Rotary Club of Walkerton, Walkerton Kinette Club, Walkerton Kinsmen Club, Walkerton and District Optimist Club, Chepstow and District Lions Club, Walkerton Heritage Water Garden volunteers, Royal Canadian Legion Br. 102, Victoria Jubilee Hall committee, Walkerton and District Community Living Action committee, Horticultural Society, and Walkerton Agricultural Society. There may be opportunities in the future to invite additional organizations in Brockton.

Two awards have been developed to recognize volunteers.

The Brockton Civic Award “recognizes an individual who have made an outstanding voluntary contribution to the well-being of our community. This award recognizes local champions who build communities and show us all what can be achieved with passion, determination, and resilience.” Nominees can be any youth, adult or senior who willingly volunteers their time to benefit others, provided that they live in, operate a business in or volunteer within the boundaries of the municipality. Council members are not eligible.

The Brockton Good Neighbour Award is for “an individual who has displayed activities that embody a strong sense of values, promoting the positive impact of good neighbourly deeds and contribute to the vitality and fabric of the community.” Nominees should be someone who has taken the initiative to do spontaneous or unheralded deeds, rather than participation in group activities such as those with community groups or associations that result in Brockton being a more enjoyable community to live in. Activities must embody a strong sense of values, promote the positive impact of good neighbourly deeds and have contributed to the vitality and fabric of the community.

Nomination forms will be available on the municipal website and will be accepted until early June for both awards. Nominations by immediate family members, self-nominations and posthumous nominations will not be accepted.

The plan is to hold future volunteer recognition events during National Volunteer Week – the last week in April.

Council awards bridge tender

Council approved the awarding of the tender for the rehabilitation of the Greenock Bridge to 2585284 Ontario Inc. O/A Beton in the amount of $579,900 plus tax.

The bridge is a single span and single lane structure estimated to have been built in 1920. Traffic count prior to the bridge’s closing in November 2020 was below 100 cars per day.

Business Park phase 2 tender awarded

Council approved the awarding of the East Ridge Business Park phase 2 tender to JT Excavating Ltd. in the amount of $2,340,398.37 including tax. Council also approved proceeding with natural gas infrastructure.

Phase 2 involves road work and installation, storm and sanitary sewer installation and watermain installation. The bid was in line with the estimate. Phase 2 work will overlap with phase 1, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30 of this year.

Council passes land purchase bylaw

Council has passed an agreement to purchase and sale bylaw for an East Ridge Business Park property with Schauss Land and Cattle Co.

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

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