Cargill and District Community Fund looking at new direction for structure

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BROCKTON – The Cargill and District Community Centre is in a period of transition, according to Brockton Mayor Chris Peabody.

“We’ll support them in whatever direction they choose to go. We’ll work with them,” he said.

A report presented at the Sept. 14 council meeting stated the Cargill and District Community Fund had raised questions in 2020 whether the committee of council structure served the fund’s long-term goals.

Alternatives were looked at, including becoming a registered charity and incorporated not-for-profit.

Peabody noted COVID-19 was at least in part responsible for the change, and added that “we will be dealing with fallout from COVID-19 for quite some time, in ways we never imagined.”

Also on the meeting’s agenda was a piece of good news – the seniors’ townhouse units in the Walker West subdivision are a go. Peabody said issues with the developer have been resolved – areas of concern within the conditional building permit agreement have been clarified to everyone’s satisfaction.

The overall numbers for development in Brockton are good. The mayor said the municipality is looking at some $38 million in building permits to date, with 160 permits issued. Last year’s numbers for the same time period were $20 million in permits, with 137 permits issued.

The report on the COVID-19 immunization disclosure policy for the municipality was a major topic for discussion and debate at the meeting. Peabody said he’s inclined to think the municipality’s workplace policy on COVID-19 immunization shouldn’t apply to such people as part-time snowplow operators, because of the difficulty in testing them and the fact they work by themselves.

The mayor noted 95 per cent of the fire department is vaccinated against COVID-19. Most of the office staff are also vaccinated.

A major area of concern is the child care program, where individuals are regularly interacting with and providing services to children.

In Grey County, the COVID-19 immunization policy applies to all employees.

See next week’s Walkerton Herald-Times for full council coverage.

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

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