Brockton to sign MOU with Bruce Power for fire training

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BROCKTON – Mayor Chris Peabody said he’s very pleased about the memorandum of understanding with Bruce Power regarding fire training.

It’s something that will benefit fire departments in the whole area, said the mayor. The plan was put together by the Walkerton Fire Department. It will involve using the Walkerton fire hall for classroom training, and the facility at Bruce Power for live training.

“Very impressive,” said Peabody.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the downtown business community is busy – new businesses are opening, and more would be if there were spaces available.

“It’s hard to find a location in downtown Walkerton,” Peabody said.

It appears the shortage of housing in Brockton will be resolved in future years as subdivision developments move ahead. One will be on the site of the old Bogdon and Gross furniture factory, for many years a landmark that hearkened back to Walkerton’s industrial past. The building has been sitting vacant for several years and has been demolished to make way for residential development.

Another topic under discussion by council involves an ongoing dispute between pilot Phil Englishman and the Saugeen Municipal Airport Commission. Englishman has been blocked – literally, and contrary to council’s wish, with a large chunk of concrete – from taking his plane out of his hangar.

“The majority of council wants it resolved,” said Peabody. “This is an appropriate point to move forward.”

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